Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday. The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile (2.6 sq. kilometer), broke out near a residential area. Several homes caught fire, according to Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Rose. State officials said at least one structure had been completely destroyed.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The growth of multiple wildfires in Southern Oregon led to evacuation orders in three areas Wednesday night. The Grants Pass, Applegate Valley and Wimer areas were each threatened by a wildfire dangerous enough to prompt officials to prepare or require locals to leave their homes.

There are more than 160 wildfires burning across Southern Oregon, most of them sparked by a lightning storm last Sunday.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday. Most of the fires, however, remained small and were contained.

Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. The storm began in the morning and lasted throughout the day, bringing hundreds of strikes across the region. The two biggest fires, as of Sunday night, were the Sterling Creek Fire and Green Top Mountain Fire.

Wildfires – Yosemite, California, USA

A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing closure of a major access road at the height of tourist season.

Fire officials had not determined the cause of the blaze that began burning Friday night along the park’s western edge, where evacuation orders were issued for a handful of small communities.

Wildfires – Sri Lanka

A group of hikers trapped in a mountainous area that was engulfed in a bush fire was rescued by a team of Sri Lanka Army personnel on Friday (13). According to Army media, the hikers who remained trapped in a forested area were save after troops were rushed to put out a fast spreading wild fire in the hilly region of Haldummulla – Wangedigala.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.

The Pawnee fire that broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600 as it burned out of control across about 12 square miles. Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the Spring Valley area, where about 3,000 people live.

The Lane fire in Tehama County consumed 5.5 square miles, but no buildings were reported burned. The blaze threatened 200 structures and some homes had been evacuated, Cox said. It was 10% contained.

The Creek fire in neighboring Shasta County grew to 1.6 square miles and was 20% contained. The conflagration had damaged no structures but did prompt evacuations.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Firefighters say they are making good progress on two lightning-sparked wildfires that started last week in Central Oregon.

The Graham Fire, near Lake Billy Chinook, remained at 2,055 acres Sunday, and was 50 percent contained. The fire threatened numerous homes in the Three Rivers subdivision, but residents who had previously been evacuated were allowed to return home Saturday night.

The Boxcar Fire, near Maupin, grew to 87,000 acres Saturday night after merging with the nearby South Junction Fire. It’s now 10 percent contained.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Some residents have been evacuated and others are on standby as the Graham and Boxcar wildfires burn in central Oregon.

About 2,000 acres are in flames after the Graham Fire spreads near Culver. The fire was first reported on Thursday. Some damage to structures was reported but it was not yet clear what type of buildings burned.

The Boxcar Fire, which started three miles south of Maupin in Central Oregon, closed part of U.S. Highway 197 and is expected to grow. A level 1 evacuation — meaning “get ready” — has been issued for East Maupin. The largest wildfire of the young season grew to 18,000 acres Friday afternoon.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.5 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hit eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 187 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 297 nm south-southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall for more than 24 hours beginning Friday inflicted havoc in different parts of Tripura, forcing nearly 4,000 families to seek shelter at relief camps. Nearly 120 houses were submerged fully or partially and huge tracts of farm land were destroyed in the flash floods. Floods hit several low-lying parts of Agartala and the outskirts of West Tripura, Khowai, and Gomati districts and forced people to abandon their homes on Saturday. A total of 157mm rainfall was recorded since Friday. The rain subsided on Sunday, but flooding continued in several parts.

Japan – Typhoon Lan caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan on Monday. Typhoon Lan made landfall around 0300 local time on Monday (1800 GMT on Sunday) and swept across Tokyo before heading out to sea several hours later off northeastern Japan. Japanese media say two people have died and one is missing.

Norway – Heavy rainfall in Norway’s south in recent days have resulted in a number of roads being closed across the region. A village of around 20 houses is isolated in Froland because a bridge risks collapsing.

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Oregon, USA – Overnight downpours flooded Tillamook, closing roads and businesses and snarling traffic. The area is prone to flooding, but these floods came early in the season. The worst was in Lee’s Camp, which was hit with 10 inches overnight.

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Wildfires – Montana, USA

The fires represented on the map below are all actively burning and have scorched at least 1,000 acres. There are several dozen smaller fires currently burning in Montana that are not included in this map.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Chetco Bar fire near Brookings is the largest in the state at more than 201 square miles as of Wednesday night, when the wildfire was 5 percent contained.

High Cascades Complex fires are burning in over 41 square miles inside and relatively close to Crater Lake National Park.

Umpqua North Complex fires are burning in about 39.6 square miles in the Umpqua National Forest. The fires are 21 percent contained.

The Milli fire near Sisters is burning in about 34.7 square miles. “Be ready” and “be set” notices are in place. The fire is 44 percent contained.

Elsewhere in Oregon, large blazes are burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and neighboring forest acreage, the Columbia River Gorge and parts of southern and southwest Oregon.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of starting an illegal campfire believed to have ignited a growing Northern California blaze that destroyed 10 homes, damaged five others and threatened hundreds more.

The wildfire sparked Tuesday near the town of Oroville, a region already hard-hit by fire and a massive evacuation earlier this year caused by damage to sections of the nation’s tallest dam.

It’s one of many wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including blazes in and around California’s Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park, shuttered the iconic Wawona Hotel and evacuated nearby towns. Some 58 homes near the park have been destroyed.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island.

The two dozen blazes around the state Wednesday are affecting air quality and have forced the evacuations of more than 4,500 people.

The largest fire is near the coastal town of Brookings near the California border. That 196-square-mile (508-square-kilometer) blaze is 5 percent contained and 4,568 people have fled their homes.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

600 people are evacuated because of the Milli Wildfire near the town of Sisters. And fire officials said Saturday that another thousand residents have been told to be ready to leave if necessary. That fire is burning eight thousand acres and is causing smokey skies all over central Oregon. Firefighters are working hard to save nearby buildings.

And a level one evacuation notice was issued Saturday for the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in the Warm Springs Reservation. The Nena Springs Fire is burning 66 thousand acres nearby. In the last two days, that fire has grown by 19 thousand acres.

Some campsites and recreational areas are also shut down in the Deschutes National Forest because of a 12-square-mile wildfire that jumped the fire lines this weekend.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

A handful of small fires in B.C.’s west Cariboo region have merged to create what is now the largest fire in the province. The Plateau wildfire, northwest of Williams Lake, is estimated to be about 438,000 hectares and 130 kilometres from one end to the other. The fire information officer said the fire hasn’t grown significantly in size, but several wildfires burning since about July 7 have now joined together.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Fire officials have ordered about 1,200 people living in central Oregon to get ready to evacuate due to a 3,000-acre wildfire. The Milli Fire grew from 300 acres on Wednesday to 3,000 on Thursday because of high winds, pushing back firefighters. The fire in Deschutes County now threatens 434 structures. More than 1,000 people living in Sisters, Ore., have been advised to prepare for evacuation, officials said.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

One of several wildfires burning in Montana destroyed two homes after jumping control lines as firefighters braved another day Friday of high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity. The homes, southwest of the town of Lolo, were among 750 residences evacuated after the fire, started by lightning in July, blew up late Wednesday. Several outbuildings were burned late Thursday. The blaze burned nearly 30 square miles (76 square kilometers) of forest land.

A wall of flames hundreds of feet high burn on a ridge south of Lolo, Montana

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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.