Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) Tropical Storm Carlos’ maximum sustained winds were near 51.7 mph (45 knots/83.3 kph). Carlos’ winds peaked on February 9. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) expects Carlos to continue weakening. Carlos was centred near 28.5 degrees south latitude and 60.8 degrees east longitude, about 502 nautical miles southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Carlos was moving to the southeast at 17 mph (15 knots/28 kph).

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USA – Winter storm Niko has blanketed the Northeast with between 8 and 12 inches of snow, with some areas of New England expecting up to 18 inches (46 centimetres) over the past two days. The storm canceled thousands of flights and closed numerous schools and businesses in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and smaller communities. And the snow continues to fall.

Colorado, USA -Winds on the Front Range, foothills and mountains created problems throughout the state on Friday, from delayed flights to blown over tractor-trailers on State highways. The National Weather Service in Boulder said gusts could be north of 95 mph. On Berthoud Pass, one gust was clocked at 101 mph.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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USA – A spate of violent, fast-moving tornadoes continued to wreak havoc across the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least 14 people in south Georgia and raising the weekend’s severe-weather death toll to 18. Some of the most extensive damage came Sunday afternoon, when a large twister with winds of 60 mph tore across Albany, Ga., killing at least three people and mangling homes across suburban neighbourhoods. An elementary school, an airport and the sprawling Marine Corps Logistics Base were hit, Rowe said. So much debris blocked roads that fire crews had to navigate communities on foot. Earlier Sunday, just before 3 a.m., a single long-track tornado, or a couple of smaller tornadoes, struck the Georgia-Florida line, hurtling northeast for about 80 miles.

Australia – The weather bureau has issued an alert for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds of up to 125km/h for several regions — while Adelaide is also expecting a possible storm. Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding and wind gusts of 90-125km/h in the warning area — Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula North West Pastoral, North East Pastoral and parts of the West Coast and Yorke Peninsula — over the next several hours, the Bureau of Meteorology says. Locations which may be affected include Cummins, Ernabella, Coober Pedy, Roxby Down and Marree. About 50mm of rain has already been recorded in Elliston and 49mm of rain at Cummins since 9am this morning.

California, USA – Fast-moving floodwaters swept through mountain communities south of the San Francisco Bay Area as thunderstorms and powerful winds wallop California. Rock slides, debris flows and flooding have closed roads and snarled traffic up and down the state as the third storm in four days dumped heavy rain and snow in the mountains. Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for swaths of greater Los Angeles, where mountain locations could see up to 6 inches of rain. California residents have evacuated neighbourhoods below hillsides scarred by wildfires as the third — and largest — in the latest series of storms brings powerful rain and warnings about flash flooding and possible mudslides.

Tahiti – Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has forced many residents to evacuate, cut off power to thousands of homes, and closed Tahiti’s international airport. The French Polynesia High Commission said three people were injured, one seriously, while more than 100 homes were destroyed. Major roads were damaged by landslides. The floods were most severe on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

Singapore – A heavy downpour caused flash floods and traffic snarls in Singapore during the morning peak period on Monday.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Thailand – Flooding caused by continuous rain extended through eight southern provinces on Wednesday, affecting a large number of people and halting southbound train services at Thung Song junction in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

Western USA – Stiff winds toppled a towering evergreen tree into an Oregon home, killing an 8-year-old girl, while blizzard conditions closed roads and triggered a small avalanche in the Sierra Nevada as wet winter storms pummeled much of the West, officials said Wednesday. In Nevada, a storm dropped 2 feet of snow and another foot was expected in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe. The weather closed the main highway between Reno and Lake Tahoe. Flash flood watches were issued for most of the Sierra along the Nevada-California line, where the National Weather Service said the potential for another 6 to 12 inches of rain would create serious flooding concerns into the weekend. In Utah, snow that accumulated over several days caused the roof of a business to collapse in Provo. No injuries were reported. Snow was also falling in Wyoming, where a winter storm warning was posted for much of the Interstate 80 corridor, including Cheyenne. Heavy snow was also expected in Colorado. In New Mexico, forecasters said a blustery winter storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds across much of the northern and eastern parts of the state beginning late Wednesday and peaking early Friday.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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South Africa – A series of storm cells wreaked havoc across parts of Buffalo City Metro and Mthatha late yesterday afternoon causing widespread damage to houses and leaving more than 20 people injured. In Mdantsane a storm followed by strong winds and hail ripped through NU6, NU7 and NU9, lifting roofs, flattening shacks and leaving scores of people without shelter. In Mthatha more than 20 people had to be rushed to health centres after they suffered injuries due to falling roofs and collapsing walls. Loose corrugated iron damaged cars in the Mthatha CBD.

Philippines – A flashflood caused by non-stop rains since New Year’s Day inundated several areas in Davao City. Flood water reached knee-deep and snarled traffic in barangays Bago Galliera and Puan Crossing.

USA – At least five people were killed Monday as severe storms swept across the South, spinning off several tornadoes and flooding widespread areas already drenched by heavy rain. Four people were killed in a single home when a tornado touched down Monday night in the town of Rehobeth in southeast Alabama. n DeFuniak Springs, Florida, the body of a 70-year-old man was found floating Monday afternoon in floodwaters outside his travel-trailer. The storm system drenched parts of Texas early Monday before moving east, causing significant damage from Louisiana to Florida. Much of the damage was caused by flash flooding after a series of storms left much of the region sodden over the past week.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Nada), located approximately 846 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Barbados – A day before Barbados’ 50th anniversary Independence celebrations were set to climax, a weather system dropped over six inches of rain, causing islandwide flooding and forcing several of the planned pre-Independence festivities to be postponed. In some areas the rainfall was so high it completely submerged vehicles. It also caused schools to be closed early.

Southern USA – Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South. The storms tore through just as firefighters began to get control of wildfires that killed seven and damaged or wiped out more than 700 homes and businesses around the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tenn. In Alabama, the weather system dumped more than 2 inches of rain in areas that had been parched by months of choking drought. At least 13 confirmed twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the National Weather Service said.

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Wildfires – Southern States, USA

Dozens of wildfires continue to burn across southern states on Wednesday, blanketing large areas with smoke and prompting health officials to warn people to stay indoors.

Some 40 large active fires are being tracked by the U.S. Forest Service across at 7 southern states. More than 80,000 acres have burned in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia.

Forestry officials in Tennessee said 11 new fires popped up over 24 hours on Monday, even as crews were spread out battling 67 blazes totaling nearly 16,000 acres across the state. More than 200 patients have been hospitalized in Chattanooga due to breathing difficulties related to the circle of wildfires surrounding the city.

In North Carolina, firefighters are struggling with 15 large fires. Personnel working the state’s largest fire, which has burned more than 13,000 acres so far, appeared to have turned a corner. The Tellico blaze, as it is known, was 74 percent contained by Tuesday afternoon.

Smoky conditions have caused health officials across several states to issue air quality alerts and advise residents to avoid outdoor activities.

Fire officials say the largest wildfire in the South has now burned more than 23,000 acres in the north Georgia mountains — an area larger than the New York City borough of Manhattan. The blaze was 30 percent contained Wednesday morning.

Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

A firefighter has been hospitalised in far north Queensland as nearly a dozen fires burn across the state. Several fires in central Queensland remain within containment lines but heavy smoke is affecting Rockhampton and nearby areas. Fires inland of the Sunshine Coast are also under control but motorists are being asked to drive with caution.

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Wildfires – Southeast USA

Firefighters are battling blazes which have engulfed thousands of acres in the southeast amid a devastating drought. Wildfires spanning from Tennessee to Georgia, North Carolina and parts of Alabama, have led to evacuations in some counties as firefighters try to suppress the flames.

More than 5,000 firefighters and support staff are currently in the Southeast to fight the wildfires in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

In North Carolina, Evacuation orders were given to portions of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure communities as the Party Rock Fire grew to 977 acres Friday and crossed county lines. In all, about 25 fires have scorched more than 7 500 acres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic:

Post-Tropical Cyclone Hermine is located about 305 mi…485 km SSE of the eastern tip of Long Island and about 255 mi…415 km ESE of Ocean City Maryland with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 65 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Lester is located about 140 mi…220 km N of Honolulu Hawaii and about 125 mi…205 km NE of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 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:

Tropical Storm 15w (Namtheun), located approximately 67 nm south of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northward at 06 knots.

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Nepal – At least eight people have died in landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in different parts of Nepal. Six people died in eastern Nepal and two in western part of the country.

East Coast, USA – The U.S. National Hurricane Centre said Hermine is now a post-tropical cyclone, making its projected trek northeast toward the New York City area over the Labor Day weekend. Forecasters expect Hermine to regain hurricane force on Sunday as it travels up the coast before weakening again to a tropical storm by Tuesday. The hurricane centre says post-tropical cyclones can continue carrying heavy rains and high winds.

North Korea – Flooding caused by torrential rains hit North Korea this week, leaving 15 people missing and thousands of others homeless, according to Pyongyang’s state media. The Tumen River, which serves as part of the border between China, Russia and North Korea, burst its banks in “the worst-ever flood” in the area, the Korean Central News Agency said late on Friday. In the northeastern province of North Hamgyong, 15 people were missing in Hoeryong City and several counties including Musan, Yonsa and Onsong and part of the Rason special economic zone also suffered “serious damage”. More than 17,000 houses were destroyed or partly damaged, forcing 44,000 people to seek shelter elsewhere. North Hamgyong Province received up to 32cm of rain between early Tuesday and mid-Friday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Gaston is located about 630 mi…1015 km E of Bermuda and about 1575 mi…2535 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…NE or 55 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight is located about 85 mi…135 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 5 mph…8 km/h

Tropical Depression Nine is located about 305 mi…495 km W of Key West Florida and about 270 mi…435 km W of Havana Cuba with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 1435 mi…2305 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Hurricane Madeline is located about 490 mi…790 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 680 mi…1095 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 164 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 18 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.

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USA – Storms brought heavy downpours and flooding in parts of Cincinnati, Colorado Springs and Chicago over the weekend with road closures and water rescues by emergency services.

Wildfires

Russian pilots put out 17 wildfires endangering Portugal

Seventeen blazes, charring a total area of 2,000 hectares in Portugal, have been extinguished by the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft over the past two weeks.

Wildfires – USA

Thirty-five large, uncontained wildfires were burning in the West, and firefighters were making initial attacks on another 112 new blazes to prevent them from spreading.

Firefighters in the region mostly faced windy, dry conditions that have fanned flames that destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Idaho and elsewhere. Here’s a look at the major wildfires in the West:

CALIFORNIA – Authorities say a wildfire that destroyed 45 homes on California’s central coast was not intentionally set but they were still trying to determine the cause. Cal Fire says arson has been ruled out in the 10-day blaze that has charred 64 square miles of dry brush and timber. The fire was 39 percent surrounded and at least 2,400 people were under evacuation orders in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. Additional warnings for people to be ready to flee were issued Wednesday and one arm of Lake Nacimiento was closed to boaters. Cal Fire’s Rich Eagan says flames were more than two miles from Hearst Castle, which remains closed but was no longer at immediate risk.

A fire burning for a month north of Big Sur grew again to 135 square miles. Hundreds of homes remain threatened by the fire in rugged wilderness coast along Highway 1. The blaze was sparked by an illegal campfire. It is 60 percent contained.

IDAHO – A fast-moving rangeland wildfire in eastern Idaho expanded to nearly 70 square miles Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening a windfarm and burning habitat needed by sage grouse, a federally protected bird. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says evacuations are in place, with up to 70 buildings along U.S. Highway 26 threatened.

Officials say the human-caused fire reported Sunday about 7 miles east of Idaho Falls is making wind-driven runs to the north and east.

In central Idaho, a 160-square-mile wildfire in a remote, mountainous area continues to defy containment and burn through timbered slopes that are difficult for firefighters to reach.

MONTANA – Cooler weather has slowed Montana’s largest wildfire, though 45 homes are still evacuated and 130 more are on alert. The fire northeast of Thompson Falls had burned 33 square miles as of Wednesday morning. Fire officials say crews have made progress in securing fire lines and protecting structures. The weather was cooperating again Wednesday with lighter winds and higher relative humidity forecast.

Minimal fire activity is also being reported from a fire burning west of Lakeside. About 75 homes and other structures are within a half-mile of the fire’s perimeter. No evacuations have been ordered.

UTAH – Firefighters in northern Utah are working to contain a growing wildfire near a ski resort that’s now crossed the border into southern Idaho. Fire spokeswoman Sierra Hellstrom said Wednesday that wind and high temperatures Tuesday afternoon had pushed the fire to 1.4 square miles. It’s burning about 23 miles northwest of Logan, and about one-fourth of a mile from the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, which was on pre-evacuation notice this week. Hellstrom says no buildings are imminently threatened at the resort.

WASHINGTON – Favorable weather conditions helped crews make progress Wednesday against a series of wildfires in Eastern Washington that have burned at least 18 homes this week.

A fire burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation was 30 percent contained. That fire covered more than 27 square miles and had destroyed at least 13 homes on the reservation, said Jamie Sijohn, a spokeswoman for the tribe. “The devastating fire jumped the Spokane River from Lincoln County onto the Spokane reservation in three separate locations,” Sijohn said. It roared toward the town of Wellpinit, forcing the evacuation of the entire town on Sunday. But that order has since been lifted, Sijohn said.

Meanwhile, a fire near the town of Davenport in Lincoln County covered 6.5 square miles, and was 20 percent contained.

Another fire south of Spokane, in the Valleyford area, was 50 percent contained. It had burned more than 10 square miles and destroyed at least five homes, officials said. Mandatory evacuations ended on that fire on Tuesday night.

WYOMING – Some tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park during the busy summer season were facing an hourlong detour Wednesday as a wildfire in neighbouring Grand Teton National Park kept a highway closed. Major tourist areas in both parks are open as the National Park Service holds events to celebrate its 100th anniversary this week. A route leading into Yellowstone’s South Entrance was shut down, so visitors coming from the south through Wyoming had to take a detour into Idaho. But firefighters hope cooler weather slows the flames over the next couple of days.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 462 nm north of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 20 knots.

Tropical Depression 09w (Nine), located approximately 365 nm south of Iwo To, Japan, and is tracking northeastward at 12 knots.

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Southeast USA – Heavy rains drenched parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi Friday, causing dangerous floods that killed at least two people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 151 nm northeast of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, and is tracking northward at 12 knots.

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New Zealand – Two weeks worth of rain in less than a day has flooded the upper North Island and Great Barrier Island. Heavy rains closed roads, schools and stranded residents yesterday as the region felt the strain of 110mm of rain in less than 24 hours.

Wisconsin, USA – Flash flooding in parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota washed out roads, caused mudslides and prompted several water rescues after more than seven inches of rain fell in some areas Thursday. Motorists were stranded in the floods, and there were also reports of basement collapses in the Minnesota towns of Willmar and Olivia, according to the Associated Press. According to the National Weather Service, there were reports of mudslides and landslides near the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota, where floodwaters have undermined several roads. Floodwaters also washed out some bridges, and in northern Buffalo County, Wisconsin, highways 37 and 88 were closed.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Federal officials say 27 large wildfires are burning in the West. Hot, dry temperatures often combined with winds have made firefighting conditions difficult, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. Here’s a look at some of the fires:

California

Authorities are considering potential penalties for whoever set an illegal campfire that ballooned into a massive wildfire near scenic Big Sur in California. Officials want the public’s help in finding whoever started the fire that has charred almost 73 square miles and destroyed 57 homes.

To the north, officials said Wednesday that a grass fire in a popular recreational area north of San Francisco more than doubled in size in less than a day. The blaze has charred more than 7 square miles in Napa, Yolo and Solano counties since igniting Tuesday. It prompted the evacuation of an RV and tent campground off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa. No vineyards are threatened.

Idaho

Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems to protect buildings in the central Idaho town of Lowman as a wildfire expanded to 75 square miles. Nearly 1,500 firefighters are battling the blaze burning timber in rugged terrain.

Montana

A western Montana wildfire has grown to 11 square miles in the Bitterroot National Forest.

The fire started on Sunday about 5 miles southwest of Hamilton and destroyed 14 homes along with dozens of outbuildings and some vehicles. About 630 homes remain evacuated.

Nevada

Officials are reporting progress containing two large wildfires pushed by dry winds through remote rangeland and rugged canyons in northwestern Nevada.

A fire that has charred more than 93 square miles in the Virginia Mountains near Pyramid Lake was about 68 percent contained.

Another, farther north near Poodle Mountain, was 80 percent contained but has burned about 10 square miles in a wilderness study area.

Oregon

A wildfire burning southwest of Crater Lake spread to nearly 800 acres, prompting an evacuation warning for some parts of Crater Lake National Park. Fire spokeswoman Lucinda Nolan said crews are trying to keep the fire east of Pacific Crest Trail and west of Crater Lake Rim Drive. The park remained open.

Utah

People in Utah were allowed back into their homes after a small wildfire forced evacuations early Wednesday at a neighbourhood tucked against a mountainside south of Salt Lake City. Officials said the blaze spread quickly through tinder-dry dry grass and brush. Some fences were damaged, but no homes were lost and people were allowed back into the 39 evacuated homes midday.

Washington

Residents have been allowed to return to their homes after a 5-square-mile wildfire prompted the evacuation of about two dozen homes in central Washington. A fire spokesman, Trooper Jeff Sevigney, says the blaze about 7 miles north of Moses Lake burned less land than initially thought but destroyed two homes and six outbuildings.

Officials say a large wildfire in south-central Washington has scorched about 275 square miles of brush and grassland and was expected to be contained on Thursday.

Wyoming

Progress has been made on fighting wildfires in western Wyoming, and most evacuation orders were lifted. The only area still evacuated was Granite Creek in Teton County, where a wildfire was burning in Bridger-Teton National Forest. The fire has burned 46 square miles and is 84 percent contained.

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Wildfires – USA

Wildfires are burning in 7 Western states:

Washington

Fire crews were monitoring high winds and building fire lines as they tackled a large blaze in south-central Washington. The wildfire was burning about 12 miles north of Sunnyside. It held steady overnight. The blaze has scorched about 273 square miles of brush and grass since it started Saturday on the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. It was about 10 percent contained.

It’s the largest of several wildfires burning in Washington state.

Oregon

Crater Lake National Park remained open as a wildfire grew to more than 400 acres. The fire has led to the partial closure of the Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Camp to Red Cone Springs. Fire officials said West Rim Drive could be intermittently closed over the next couple of days. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Officials said it could have resulted from an escaped campfire.

Idaho

Federal officials mobilized two U.S. Department of Defense retardant-dropping aircraft to help fight wildfires in Idaho. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said the C-130s will go into action on Wednesday.

Montana

Firefighters were bracing for strong winds as they battled a blaze in western Montana that destroyed 14 homes and may have contributed to a man’s death. The fire had burned 5.7 square miles in Bitterroot National Forest. Residents of about 500 homes southwest of Hamilton were evacuated or warned to be ready to leave. Residents were allowed back into the burned area Monday, but it was closed again Tuesday due to expected high winds and low humidity.

Wyoming

Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes northwest of Dubois as progress was made against a wildfire. Firefighters have gained 50 percent containment of the fire that has burned about 22 square miles on private land and in Shoshone National Forest. The fire began July 11.

In Bridger-Teton National Forest, a fire that has burned about 46 square miles was 84 percent contained.

In southwest Wyoming, a fire that has burned about 2 square miles near the Utah border is now 36 percent contained. Residents of about 75 homes that had been evacuated last week were allowed to return.

California

A wildfire north of scenic Big Sur spread again overnight and has now charred more than 67 square miles. The blaze that broke out July 22 has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 structures. It was less than 18 percent contained. Firefighters got help from a low marine layer Monday that brought a spike in humidity and dropped temperatures into the 60s and 70s. More than 5,400 firefighters from across California are fighting the fire in steep terrain.

All California state parks in the area were closed until further notice.

In California’s Central Valley, crews got a bit more control over a stubborn wildfire that has destroyed three homes and is threatening another 400 northeast of Fresno. It has burned two other buildings. Authorities said firefighters increased containment to 30 percent.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says about 300 people were under evacuation orders from homes just outside Sierra National Forest. The 4.5-square-mile blaze started Saturday in steep, rugged terrain.

A 65-square-mile wildfire in wilderness just north of Los Angeles was almost fully contained as isolated pockets of vegetation burned.

Nevada

Firefighters expected dry, hot winds and the possibility of erratic flames in a series of wildfires that have charred almost 75 square miles of rangeland in northwest Nevada.

Officials predicted humidity in the single-digits in the Virginia Mountains with wind gusts up to 45 mph.

Containment of the fires was estimated at about 40 percent.

Residents in some rural areas have been told to prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary.

Pyramid Lake was closed.

A nearly 8-square-mile wildfire was burning in the scenic Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area, about 50 miles farther north.