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Re: 🔥 The New World of Wildfires
« Reply #105 on: August 21, 2019, 03:15:43 AM »


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Re: 🔥 The Amazon Rainforest Is BURNING DOWN
« Reply #106 on: August 21, 2019, 04:23:06 AM »

Sao Paulo at 3PM yesterday. Many pix like this the interwebz.

Brazil is Feijoada.

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🔥 HUGE Amazon Rainforest Fires, São Paulo in Brazil SMOTHERED in Smoke!
« Reply #107 on: August 21, 2019, 12:38:07 PM »
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https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Matanuska-Susitna-Borough-officials-sign-a-disaster-emergency-declaration-557035641.html

"It's absolutely devastating" - Federal money is coming, but losses remain


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By Derek Minemyer |
Posted: Tue 12:31 PM, Aug 20, 2019  |
Updated: Wed 3:10 PM, Aug 21, 2019

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update 10:30 p.m.:

The McKinley and Deshka Landing fires are still roaring, with fire officials reporting little to no progress with containment. On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough signed a Disaster Declaration in an effort to handle the economic impacts of these fires.

Governor Dunleavy has accepted the borough’s declaration, which frees up federal disaster reimbursement funding, covering up to 75 percent of the borough's emergency response costs. It’s now a matter of waiting for that funding to come in. The governor will need to decide whether to initiate a proclamation of a state disaster emergency, which would free up state money and resources to respond to the fires.

"It doesn't look like we're getting rain anytime soon. So this is not over," Borough Mayor Vern Halter said to a crowded room of concerned residents in Willow Tuesday afternoon.

"The immediate trauma that fires cause, and the long-term trauma … I'm just sad for Willow, the Mat-Su Borough, and everything ... that we've got to go through this again,” Halter said, referring to the 2015 Sockeye Fire which burned over 7,200 acres in a nearby area.

Residents asked borough and fire officials questions about traffic wait times, and how to find out if their homes are okay; the short answer was they will have to wait at least another two days while crews assess the damage. Borough officials will contact families when the assessment is complete.

While some residents are currently evacuated and seeking refuge in shelters, others have remained safely outside of the fire's destructive path. Mary Fugate, who has lived in Willow for over ten years, says an event of this magnitude impacts everyone in Willow and the surrounding area.

"It's absolutely devastating and heartbreaking," Fugate said, standing outside Willow Elementary School with her young son strapped to her back.

She was 7-months pregnant when her family evacuated their home due to the Sockeye Fire. So far, her home is safe -- but other families and friends of hers have not been so fortunate.

"Firefighters that are fighting the fire right now, and their families, have been evacuated," Fugate said. "I've had friends that their dad has lost everything ... It's absolutely devastating, what's happening."

Fugate is pleading to the state to help her community by declaring a state disaster.

"I think that it's going to give us the necessary equipment and stuff that we need to get this fire out as soon as possible," Fugate said.

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening to discuss the disaster declaration. Borough Manager John Moosey says he's confident it will prompt both federal and state funding. If it doesn't, he says, wildfires are expensive.

“Without that reimbursement funding, a good portion of that falls on our local fire service areas,” Moosey said. “It would be a big burden."

The Office of the Governor confirmed Tuesday they're checking to see when a state disaster declaration might be made so they can get more resources aimed at these fires.
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NASA Images Capture Worst Siberian Wildfires in 10,000 Years
« Reply #109 on: August 30, 2019, 03:47:41 AM »
NASA Images Capture Worst Siberian Wildfires in 10,000 Years



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Every year, Siberia is struck by wildfires that destroy great swathes of boreal forest.  But climate change has caused wildfire activity in Siberia to increase radically over the past few decades.

The boreal forests in Siberia are burning at extraordinary rates, unheard of in at least 10,000 years, and climate change projections predict even more wildfires to come.

The current wildfires, which started in late June, have already burned roughly 538 square kilometres (133,000 acres) of forest in southern Siberia.

Climate change has been increasing temperatures across the globe, but northernmost regions, like Siberia, are experiencing temperature inclines at twice the rate.  Since November, temperatures in southern Siberia have been up 4°C (7.2°F) from the average.  And as the weather turns drier and warmer, the forests in the region become more and more prone to wildfires.

These wildfires are a direct threat to the role of Siberian forests in absorbing carbon emissions.


Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Each year, the Russian forests absorb a net 500 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.

Last Friday, two NASA satellites captured the destructive and widespread impact of these wildfires on the region.

The images from the Aqua satellite reveal a series of wildfires and towers of smoke, riddled across southern Siberia.

The second satellite, Suomi NPP, measured the air quality in the region and found the aerosol index reached over 19, indicating very dense smoke at high altitudes.

According to NASA Earth Observatory, scientists are also currently investigating three possible pyrocumulus cloud formations in the area, which can alter local climates by lofting ash and particles high into the atmosphere.

But the most devastating impact of these wildfires cannot be seen from a satellite.

Siberian boreal forests play a crucial role in the carbon cycle, making up nearly 10 percent of the planet's land surface and housing more than 30 percent of the carbon on Earth.

That means that when these forests burn, they are releasing vast quantities of carbon into the atmosphere. The loss of carbon absorption in combination with the release of carbon, creates a vicious cycle that leads to more global warming and, as a result, more wildfires.

Not to mention, these wildfires can also hasten the melting of Arctic ice, which is already disappearing at alarming rates. This occurs when the fires produce hordes of soot that fall on snow and ice, darkening their surface and causing them to absorb more sunlight.

And it's not just Siberia, either.

Over the past decade, global warming has caused a series of destructive wildfires in Canada and Alaska, too. Last year, a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta became the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.

And, according to Climate Central research, wildfire season in Alaska is 40 percent longer and large fires twice as common as they were 75 years ago.

Finding a way to stop these wildfires from occurring or from burning out of control will be pivotal in our fight against climate change.

Scientists have their work cut out for them.
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Re: 🔥 The New World of Wildfires
« Reply #110 on: September 07, 2019, 09:55:59 PM »
Northern NSW and Southern Queensland burning at the moment also.
Unheard of this early in spring, but very dry conditions over last few seasons has resulted in catastrophic fire conditions.
I am starting to prepare for this summer if what has happened in the Northern hemisphere is any indication of what we can expect down South this summer....\
Where I am still cool and wet. We expect plenty of spring growth to create summer fuel.
Not helped by state government predictions of power blackouts in summer peaks as we get hotter and more people install AC systems. I will make sure gen set, extension leads, electric pumps as well as my petrol backup pump, hoses and tanks are all prepared, full and tested.

These areas in SE Queensland and Northern NSW usually too green to burn this time of year.... Is is only the first week of Spring!
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-08/queensland-bushfires-continue-stanthorpe-applethorpe-binna-burra/11489304
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-08/nsw-bushfires-winds-forecast-to-ease/11489350

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Re: 🔥 The New World of Wildfires
« Reply #111 on: September 07, 2019, 11:00:51 PM »
I will make sure gen set, extension leads, electric pumps as well as my petrol backup pump, hoses and tanks are all prepared, full and tested.

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🔥 Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.
« Reply #112 on: September 10, 2019, 04:55:34 AM »
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/weather/alaska-climate-crisis-summer-weir-wxc/index.html

Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.

By Bill Weir, CNN Chief Climate Correspondent
Updated 6:49 PM ET, Mon September 9, 2019



Lifeguard Luke Orot watches over swimmers at Jewel Lake on a hot July 4 in Anchorage.

Anchorage, Alaska (CNN)Alaska's summer of fire and no ice is smashing records.
With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, America's "Last Frontier" feels like the first in line to see, smell and feel the unsettling signs of a climate in crisis.
There are the smoky skies and dripping glaciers, dead salmon and hauled-out walrus but scientists also worry about the changes that are harder to see, from toxic algae blooms in the Bering Sea to insects from the Lower 48 bringing new diseases north.

The head shaking among longtime locals really began on the Fourth of July, when at 90 degrees, Anchorage was hotter than Key West.
A dome of hot, dry air over the southern part of the state refused to budge. When lightning struck the Kenai Peninsula, it was just the beginning of a wilderness inferno unlike any other in memory.


Smoke from the Swan Lake fire blankets a hillside.

Like rainy clockwork, Alaska's fire season usually ends August 1 but the Swan Lake fire is still burning and only 37% contained. To the relief of exhausted fire crews and worried residents, September is bringing the first moisture in weeks but the most populous part of the state is still swallowing more smoke than ever.

"We've had more than twice as many smoky hours in 2019 than in any other season, and in fact, almost as many as all other years combined," says Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist at the University of Alaska.
Strolling in short sleeves atop the rapidly melting Spencer Glacier, Brettschneider lists one superlative after another, pulled from a century's worth of records that predate Alaskan statehood. "Eight of our top 13 warmest days on record are this year," he says. "We didn't just get a little bit past the old marks, we really blasted past them."


Climate scientist Brian Brettschneider looks at how far the Spencer Glacier has receded.
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He points to the bare rock and dirt 150 feet above us where the glacier once stood. "This is half as thin as it was not very long ago." Every drip is headed to sea, which makes what is happening here directly relevant to New York, Miami, Dubai, Osaka, Hong Kong and countless beach towns in between. According to the European Space Agency, melting Alaskan ice has contributed more to sea level rise than Greenland, Antarctica or any other part of the world.
And then there are the fish, so vital to the economy. While Bristol Bay saw another epic salmon run this season, more and more streams are just too warm for the fish to spawn.
"We definitely have reports from around the state where we've found dead fish that have not made it to their spawning grounds," says Sue Mauger, science director for the nonprofit Cook Inletkeeper. "They still have the eggs inside and have not spawned. Those are just lost future generations."

Spencer Glacier
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She has been measuring streams for almost two decades and while the warming trend was obvious, she is stunned by the speed. "The temperatures we saw this summer were what we expected for 2069 -- we're 50 years ahead of where we thought we would be for stream temperatures."
It's not just fresh water absorbing record amounts of heat. Over 500 miles away in Nome, a team of oceanographers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wobbles off the Ocean Star on sea legs, after weeks of gathering data in the warming Arctic. A generation ago, they might have needed a Coast Guard icebreaker to do their work but on this trip, saw only open water.
"There's always going to be ice up here in the winter," explains Ryan McCabe, physical oceanographer at the University of Washington. "But it's a much thinner ice. Single-year ice instead of multi-year ice."
Ryan McCabe, on board a NOAA research vessel, examines data from the warming Arctic seas.
Ryan McCabe, on board a NOAA research vessel, examines data from the warming Arctic seas.
Drastic changes to the ocean's heat exchange patterns could alter the timing of plankton blooms, which would ultimately cascade up the food chain to the biggest forms of life.

Migration timing for whales could be be thrown off, McCabe says. "They could show up after the blooms have already happened," leading to starvation.
For indigenous residents like 78-year-old Joe Kunnuk, there is no need for data from NOAA. "It changed so much over the years," he says while carving walrus ivory into the shape of an Inupiaq hunter in a tiny kayak. As a young man, their sea-ice hunting grounds off the coast of Nome would last through May or even June. This year it was gone by early March.
Joe Kunnuk remembers when you could catch walrus close to shore.
Joe Kunnuk remembers when you could catch walrus close to shore.
Today, the closest sea ice to any part of Alaska is over 125 miles offshore. Since hunting in open seas is much more difficult and expensive, Kunnuk says that the walrus he bagged five years back will most certainly be his last.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of Anchorage, Micah Hahn and her team are looking for change by dragging tattered white flags through the weeds. They are tick hunters from the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska. As Lyme Disease spreads across a warming US, she's worried that Alaska might be next.
"If people are traveling to the lower 48, and they take their dog with them to visit family, and then they come back up, it's possible that they bring a tick with them," she explains.
A member of health researcher Micah Hahn&#39;s team looks for ticks that may now survive in Alaska.
A member of health researcher Micah Hahn's team looks for ticks that may now survive in Alaska.
Historically, that blood-sucking bug would not survive the Alaskan climate. Not anymore. "It's kind of like a Russian roulette," she says. "Eventually, a tick is going to come and it's going to be able to overwinter and then establish in our wildlife population up in Alaska."
Another study found that yellow jacket wasp queens are surviving the milder winters of Barrow, the northernmost American town, where emergency room visits for stings jumped over 600% in five years.
Interactive: Alaska at a crossroads

But after decades of seeing their warnings fall on deaf ears -- especially in a state funded by oil -- scientists like Brettschneider hope that the indisputable clues across a baked Alaska will inspire real action, from Juneau to Washington, DC.
The sun shines down on Spencer Glacier.
The sun shines down on Spencer Glacier.

"We've talked about these things occurring in decades or in centuries, but ... it's happening right now and it's visible right now and it's noticeable right now," the University of Alaksa climatologist says. "The opportunity to do things about it is right now and not decades down the road. So, in one sense, it's really bad, but people tend to kind of step up and do something about it when they feel a sense of urgency, and there really is a sense of urgency right now."
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To save our forests, give them back to the people they were stolen from
« Reply #113 on: September 15, 2019, 04:21:19 AM »
In case anyone has forgotten after the media frenzy of the past few weeks: The Amazon rainforest is still on fire.

I had originally hoped to be writing this article about some of the optimistic takeaways from a recent article in Science magazine which laid out the potential benefits of planting large areas of the Earth with trees, and how it could help in the fight to curb climate change.

However, if we do not protect existing trees and forests from this kind of mass destruction mess, then that light of hope of replanting and reforesting grows very, very dim.

By time the Amazon rainforest fires came onto the public radar relatively recently, the thousands of fires in the area had already been burning for weeks and weeks.

It was only when the fires hit numbers not seen in decades, with almost twice as many burning as this same time last year, that the blazes started to garner global media attention. The world watched, tweeted, and waited anxiously to see what would happen. Then, unsurprisingly, as the fires raged on with no indication of dying out, social media attention has started to wane. But the fires have not. Thousands still rage on.


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Re: 🔥 The New World of Wildfires
« Reply #114 on: September 15, 2019, 03:21:01 PM »
Must be major fires on every continent except Antarctica right now.
Europe, North America and Asia have unusual fires in Arctic circle Alaska, Siberia and in southern Europe such as Portugal.
Africa, South America and Australia have Congo, Amazon and still big fires here in Southern Queensland and Northern NSW.

Hmm. Nearly makes you think there is something strange going on with the weather..

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🔥 Major power shut-offs are new reality as California enters peak wildfire seas
« Reply #115 on: September 24, 2019, 02:33:03 PM »
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-23/red-flag-warnings-get-a-lot-more-perilous-in-california-with-threats-of-mass-power-outages

Major power shut-offs are new reality as California enters peak wildfire season


Scott Wit with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection surveys burned-out vehicles near a fallen power line after 2018’s Camp fire, the deadliest in the state’s history.
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By Alex Wigglesworth, Joseph Serna
Sep. 24, 2019
6:52 AM

Russ Brown and other emergency officials in Yuba County have been trying to get the word out.

Charge your medical equipment and phone batteries now. Make sure you have enough nonperishable food to last a few days.

Because when the hot winds start blowing, the power to your house may be shut off.

The state is entering the height of fire season, with a dangerous mix of strong winds and temperatures approaching triple digits forecast across its valleys and foothills. For the first time this year, several Northern and Southern California communities simultaneously are facing preemptive blackouts to reduce the fire risks.

This is adding a new element of uncertainty and controversy in scores of communities.

“It’s the new normal we expect to see,” Brown said. “These shut-offs — they understand it, but it’s frustrating. It disrupts their lives.”

Pacific Gas & Electric has vowed to power down to avoid a repeat of last year’s Camp fire, in which thousands of homes were burned and 86 people were killed. Investigators identified downed PG&E equipment as the likely cause of the deadliest blaze in California history.

But the power shut-offs have generated debate, with some residents saying they create a whole new set of dangers as they try to watch out for news about fires. There has been heightened concern about those with health issues who rely on medical equipment to stay alive.

Some state and local officials have also complained that utilities don’t always give enough notice before turning off the power. And they have expressed concerns about communications and evacuations if the power is out, especially if traffic signals don’t work and cellphone service is affected.

Of the three big California utilities, PG&E was the last to adopt preemptive shut-offs as a strategy to reduce wildfire risks. San Diego Gas & Electric began doing them in 2013 and Southern California Edison in 2017. Each said it shuts off power only a few times a year and tries to limit the number of customers affected.

“What we’ve learned over the last two years is that the potential [for wildfire] is so great that we’re changing our practices,” said Robert Villegas, an Edison spokesman. “We’re monitoring year-round. There is no more seasons for us.”

On Sunday, Southern California Edison began notifying customers in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside counties that their power may be shut off starting Tuesday. About 45,000 customers — most of them in San Bernardino and Riverside counties — could be affected, Villegas said.

Thus far, San Diego Gas & Electric has not had to do any shut-offs this year. The company said it routinely monitors weekly forecasts and will begin notifications 48 hours ahead of any potential shut-off. It called a “public safety power shut-off” a tool of last resort.

“Although we’ve made great efforts to protect our communities, there are still times during extreme weather when we may employ the use of Public Safety Power Shut-offs to try to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of an ignition which may endanger local residents and communities,” a company spokeswoman said in email.

Since Sunday, Yuba County has been telling residents on social media and its third-party alerting system, CodeRed, that they need to be prepared to go without power. About 5,300 residents were expected to have their power turned off at some point Monday evening, Brown said.

Over the weekend, the warnings to residents came in earnest in counties across Northern California: The days ahead are going to be hot and windy, and because of that you might have your power shut off.

At one point, it was estimated that some 3.8 million customers would have their power shut off by Pacific Gas & Electric out of concern that wind gusts could snap off a tree branch or damage a piece of equipment, creating a spark that could lead to the next wildfire disaster.

By Monday afternoon, those concerns were scaled back to three counties and thousands of customers in the Sierra foothills. PG&E decided not to proceed with evening shut-offs in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Bay, and in El Dorado, Placer and Sutter counties in the Sierra foothills. The utility said it might shut off power to parts of those counties Tuesday, depending on the weather.

Starting Monday evening, the utility had began cutting power to about 24,000 customers in Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties.

“There’s not a single factor that will drive a public safety power shut-off event, but we definitely look at the humidity, the temperature and the wind speeds,” PG&E spokeswoman Megan McFarland said. She said the company began notifying customers in affected areas that shut-offs were possible. The notifications were made by robocalls, texts messages and emails starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, she said.

Brown said officials have been in constant communication with the utility and first responders about how to prepare.

Nearly all of California’s biggest and most deadly wildfires have occurred in the last 20 years, with many of them being sparked by equipment.

It’s that liability that pushed PG&E into bankruptcy this year and has raised concerns that utilities may become more eager to shut off power to avoid potential catastrophe, even when the risks seem minimal.

“The seriousness we’ve seen has been with these extremely high-wind events, and now it’s moderate events,” Brown said. “I hope people don’t become numb to the messaging we put out.”

In the town of Paradise, news of the preemptive measure provided little comfort.

PG&E announced — then canceled — a power shut-off just before November’s Camp fire. Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection later determined the blaze was sparked by a transmission line, which PG&E said would not have been included in any preemptive shutoff.

“It’s frustrating,” Paradise City Councilwoman Melissa Schuster said Monday. “We heard this before the Camp fire. Power was not shut off. So rather than being relieved — and we’re coming up on Nov. 8 again — it’s a little bit of a trigger for most of us, I think. It’s where we were a year ago.”

The only big difference, she said, is that there’s not much left to burn.

She said that as residents rebuild, more are outfitting their homes with generators and solar panels to serve as backup power sources “because electricity is just not dependable anymore.”

“It’s kind of crazy,” she said. “It’s just one more thing that we all have to address in this ‘new now,’ being prepared for this type of thing.”

Meanwhile, a red flag warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday through 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Sacramento Valley. Winds are estimated to be between 10 and 25 mph, with gusts between 30 and 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Slightly stronger winds are predicted in the Sierra foothills, with gusts up to 45 mph.

The western portion of the Sacramento Valley and neighboring foothills are facing the biggest fire threat because the highest wind gusts and lowest humidity are forecast there. The threat will be highest during the night and morning hours, when winds are strongest, the weather service said.

In the Bay Area, the red flag warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Wednesday for the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range.

Strong winds are forecast for the higher elevations of Napa and Sonoma counties and the East Bay Hills, with gusts from 30 to 35 mph starting late Monday night. Wind gusts could reach 40 mph along some of the North Bay Mountains, where the fire threat will be most acute, forecasters said.

Cal Fire sent five engine strike teams and seven hand-crew strike teams to the northern part of the state, said Scott McLean, an agency spokesman. The teams arrived Sunday and Monday and included extra personnel.

The Los Angeles area will face brief but critical fire weather conditions Tuesday, as temperatures warm and Santa Ana winds develop, the weather service said.

Wind gusts could reach 25 to 40 mph in the mountains and valleys of Ventura and L.A. counties starting Monday night and persisting through Wednesday morning, with the strongest winds expected Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to rise seven to 15 degrees Tuesday, with the biggest increase along the coasts and the coastal valleys, where highs are forecast in the 90s, according to the weather service. Some neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, including Woodland Hills and Van Nuys, are expected to see triple-digit temperatures.

The critical fire weather comes as the state is battling more than half a dozen blazes that are larger than 500 acres. Although California has already seen more than 157,000 acres burn in wildfires this year, that number is a fraction of how many acres had burned by this time last year, according to Cal Fire data.

Still, fire officials have cautioned this is the time of year when offshore weather patterns typically bring hotter, drier and windier conditions, drying out fuels and increasing the probability of ignition.

“September and October are historically the two months that we see the most significant wildfires, as far as most disastrous, largest and so on,” McLean said. “With the winds, fires take off very quickly, hence the red flag warning.”
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https://deadline.com/2019/10/wildfire-explodes-overnight-los-angeles-mandatory-evacuations-ordered-1202757859/

Saddleridge Fire: One Dead, State Of Emergency, Mandatory Evacuations, Homes Destroyed, 13% Containment, 7,500 Acres Burned, Schools & Freeways Closed

By Denise Petski, Erik Pedersen   
October 11, 2019 6:15pm


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UPDATED, 6:15 PM: A fast-moving wildfire fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds swept into the northern Los Angeles area overnight, destroying homes, forcing mandatory evacuations and sending thousands fleeing.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a state of emergency in the city of L.A. “

Because of the severity of this fire and its capability to escalate, I signed a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Los Angeles about an hour ago,” he said at a late-afternoon press conference. “That’s been received by the county, and our state officials will speak to a state declaration as well.” Garcetti said he has been in touch with Gov. Gavin Newsom since Thursday night to “ensure that we have the resources necessary to knock down these fires and to protect our communities.”

As of early afternoon Friday, all of Los Angeles’ local TV stations were covering the fire live, which fire officials said has burned more than 7,500 acres and is 13% contained. All mandatory evacuations remain in place — the latest being for all of Porter Ranch — as do the red-flag warnings.
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At a news conference this afternoon from Hansen Dam, David Richardson, Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said: “It appears there’s a lull in activity, but don’t be fooled: There’s a lot of open fire line, there a lot of potential for continued growth of this fire. … It’s gonna be a number of days.”

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman was among those evacuated overnight, as were some other local elected officials.

The Saddleridge Fire broke out at about 9 p.m. Thursday in the Sylmar area, jumping the 210 and 5 freeways and exploding, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Portions of the 5, 210 and 118 freeways — all major arteries into and out of the northern San Fernando Valley — have been shut down, setting up likely nightmares for rush-hour Friday commuters (see the latest list of closures below).

Six Flags Magic Mountain Closed By Saddleridge Fire, Scraps Plans For Late Opening

Most area schools were closed for the day because of poor air quality, including Cal State Northridge and Moorpark College. High school football scheduled for Friday night in the affected areas have been postponed.

As of 10:30 a.m., the community of Porter Ranch was being hit by the fire, with several homes destroyed. By 11:30 a.m., evacuation orders had been issued for southern Santa Clarita at Sierra Highway, which is closed in both directions. See the latest of open evacuation centers below.

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According to LAFD Chief and PIO Ralph Terrazas at a Friday morning news conference, an estimated 25 homes have been damaged and mandatory evacuations have been issued for some 23,900 homes, starting north of the 118 Freeway from Tampa Avenue to the Ventura County line. Some 100,000 people are affected.

One man in his 50s has died of cardiac arrest and one firefighter suffered a minor eye injury, Terrazas said.

He added that the Saddleridge Fire was spreading at a rate of about 800 acres an hour. No cause has been determined. “This is a very dynamic fire,” Terrazas said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has secured fire-management assistance from FEMA, meaning that 75% of the costs of fighting the fire will be handled by the feds.

More than 1,000 firefighters from multiple agencies are battling the fires. Eight helicopters have been making repeated water drops as crews on the ground attack the flames, and two super scoopers and one Erickson air crane join the fight from the air in the morning as the fire headed west toward the Ventura County.
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Winds of 20-30 mph winds are expected to continue through early afternoon with gusts up to 50 mph in the fire zone, along with very low humidity — 3%-10% — making it a challenge for firefighters who are trying to get the blaze under control. Multiple brush fires have sprung up over the past 24 hours from Riverside to Ventura counties.

“It’s been a battle,” LACFD’s Richardson, said at a morning news conference. “And unfortunately, it’s too familiar. We’ve been here not too long at this very same spot. … There continues to be a firefight out there.”

Fire danger is high throughout Southern California after a very rainy winter and spring that fueled vegetation growth, followed by a typically dry summer and early fall, combined with the destructive Santa Ana winds. Southern California Edison has cut power to nearly 13,000 customers in an effort to limit wildfires, and the utility said power could be cut off to more than 173,000 customers in parts of eight counties.

Residents are encouraged to text the word “Ready” to NotifyLA at 888777, which will provide any updates on evacuation efforts.

Freeway closures as of 6:15 p.m. Friday:

210 eastbound and westbound from the 5 to the 118
14 southbound and northbound from Newhall Avenue to the 5

As of 1:15 p.m., these are the evacuation centers that remain open for people and small animals, followed by a list of centers that are filled to capacity:

Van Nuys Recreation Center
Balboa Recreation Center
Pierce College
Lenark Recreation Center
Hansen Dam Recreation Area & Equestrian Center
West Valley Animal Shelter
Mason Recreation Center
Rancho Santa Susana Community Center
Canoga Discount Birds (birds only)
Fairplex Pomona (horses and other large animals)

At capacity and unable to accept new arrivals:

Granada Hills Recreation Center
Northridge Recreation Center
Sylmar Recreation Center

Patrick Hipes contributed to this report.
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« Reply #117 on: October 12, 2019, 01:02:02 AM »
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« Reply #118 on: October 12, 2019, 02:49:54 AM »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-12/nsw-bushfires-leave-rappville-shattered-but-spirits-still-high/11594812
Fires still going up Northern NSW and Southern Queensland..
We hit fire season in a coupe of months in Vic.

Southern Hemisphere fires in early spring in NE Australia and Amazon.
Droughts everywhere.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-12/southern-queenslanders-in-drought-find-solace-in-the-garden/11595800
https://www.abc.net.au/news/drought/

Northern Hemisphere fire in early Autumn everywhere from Spain to Siberia, California to Alaska.
Floods and droughts everywhere. Permafrost melting, methane levels spiking, sea ice disappearing.
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/10/01/watch-huge-forest-fire-rages-behind-homes-on-spains-costa-del-sol-as-authorities-warn-winds-not-helping/
https://paulbeckwith.net/
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/

If you see anyone who says climate change does not exist poke them in the eye for me.

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