Fires around the world

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SAULSALITO, Calif. - PG&E has notified approximately 201,000 customers that they may be impacted begninning late Wednesday by another planned power shutoff because of extreme weather conditions in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay.

Officials said on Monday that portions of 16 California counties may be affected. If you don't receive a phone call, email or text message from the utility, your power will likely not be shutoff, PG&E President and CEO Bill Johnson said at the 5:30 p.m. news conference. The outages could come as soon as 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

However, PG&E said the beginning of the shutoff times would vary. Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Sierra, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba are all of the counties on the list.
The announcement is not likely something people want to hear, but this time PG&E said the shut off would be significantly smaller than the outages from two weekes ago.

Notifications to customers began Monday afternoon, approximately 48 hours before the potential de-energization, officials said.

At this point, PG&E has not officially called for a public safety power shut off, but they want people to know they’re considering it for later this week.

PG&E activated its emergency operations center Sunday night.

The utility is watching strong and dry offshore winds that are expected to last between Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon in the North Bay and Sierra foothills. Winds could exceed 55 mph gusts in the Foothills. In the North Bay the wind gusts are predicted to to be 35-45 mph.

PG&E said the state's high-risk areas for wildfires have tripled in seven years.

"We don't want to turn off power," Johnson said on Monday. However, he reiterated that the conditions are favorable for fire and the shutoffs are to prevent sparking from their electrical equipment, which can lead to catastrophic wildfires.

In the Bay Area, just under 10,000 customers in Napa County would be affected. In Sonoma County the total customers who could be affected is 33,613. In San Mateo the number is nearly 6,500 customers.

PG&E's Wildfire Safety Operations Center, a 24/7 effort to determine if the pending weather will be dangerousis staffed by 26 crews that practice the three "S's": Safety, including suppression of fires, switching, because sparks can happen and they're often on standby to put those fires out if they finally happen. And finally seeing, or reporting on the actual conditions on the ground.

“We learned a lot from the form the last public safety power shutoff and we're committed to making improvements," said PG&E spokesperson Megan McFarland. "One of the things we're doing" we're shoring up our contact centers and our web site. We're making those stronger so they can handle the larger volume of inquiries.”

They're also working on improving the speed at which inspections are conducted. The utility is trying to obtain infrared goggles and scopes to conduct their inspections at night.

“Normally, during a public safety power shutoff, we have to wait till daybreak to have our crews do the inspections. But allowing the inspections to take place at night could potentially speed up the restoration time,” said McFarland.

The utility is in the process of finding community resource centers that would be established in the event of a power shutoff, where residents could find air conditioning and charge their electrical devices such as laptops and cell phones.

PG&E will be providing updates over the next few days.

A fire broke out on the roof of the SkyCity High-rise Conference Center in downtown Auckland. Police and emergency services completely blocked the area. No injuries reported: http://go.tass.ru/qfVT

 

angelburst29

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Fire conditions eased on some of the major fronts burning across Australia on Sunday after a cool weather change, with firefighters trying to contain blazes before the expected return of hotter conditions at the end of the week.

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FILE PHOTO: A home is seen as smoke from the Grose Valley Fire rises in the distance, at Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia, December 21, 2019. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts via REUTERS/File Photo

Australia's bushfires circle Sydney as temperatures soar

Catastrophic conditions fueled massive bushfires across Australia's New South Wales state on Saturday, with two blazes around Sydney burning at emergency level, while in South Australia one person was found dead in a fire zone.

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Flowers and the helmets of volunteer firefighters Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton, who died when their fire truck was struck by a falling tree as it traveled through the front line of a fire, are seen at a memorial at the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade in Horsley Park, NSW, December 20, 2019. AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi/via REUTERS
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a rare public apology on Friday and cut short a Hawaiian vacation in response to mounting public anger after two volunteer firefighters were killed battling bushfires sweeping the country's east coast.

Australian waterbomber helicopter dwarfed by huge wildfire
Firefighters battling huge bushfires in Australia used a waterbombing helicopter to try and douse a blaze on the outskirts of Sydney on Thursday, with aerial footage showing the aircraft dwarfed by thick black and grey billowing smoke.

Ring of fire: Australian state declares emergency as wildfires approach Sydney
Australia's most populous state declared its second emergency in as many months on Thursday as extreme heat and strong winds stoked more than 100 bushfires, including three major blazes on Sydney's doorstep.

Australian firefighters warn of uncontrollable blazes as conditions worsen
FILE PHOTO: A fire blazes across bush as seen from Mount Tomah in New South Wales, Australia December 15, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video. NSW RFS – TERRY HILLS BRIGADE/via REUTERS
Firefighters in Australia warned on Tuesday they would not be able to contain some of the 100 fires still ablaze in the country before conditions are expected to deteriorate later this week.

Australian boy, 12, drives brother's truck to flee fires with dog
A 12-year-old boy in Australia and his dog have escaped a fire that was lapping his family's farm house by grabbing the keys to his brother's pick-up truck and driving to safety.

Australia firefighters accidentally spread blaze ahead of heatwave
Firefighters work at the scene of a bushfires in Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia in this still image from a social media video December 15, 2019. Andrew Mitchell/Cottage Point Rural Fire Brigade via REUTERS
A backburning operation intended to contain a massive wildfire in eastern Australia sparked out of control, damaging buildings and cutting off major roads, authorities said, as the country heads into another heatwave that may topple temperature records.
 

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Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze that burned two empty passenger buses near a rideshare lot at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night, temporarily snarling traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The fire erupted about 9 p.m. and fully engulfed the liquid propane-powered buses near the new “LAXit” rideshare pickup area, Los Angeles fire officials said. The flames also caused some damage to a third bus parked nearby.



 

angelburst29

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A fire in a poor neighborhood of the coastal Chilean city of Valparaíso destroyed dozens of houses on Tuesday and firefighters struggled to control the blaze, authorities said.

Fire in Chilean city of Valparaíso destroys about 50 homes: firefighters
A house burns following the spread of wildfires in Valparaiso, Chile, December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Dec. 15, 2019 -
Fire in Chilean city of Valparaíso destroys about 50 homes -firefighters | Reuters Video (Video)

Australian firefighters spend Christmas Day containing blazes; temperatures to soar
Australian firefighters used cooler conditions on Christmas Day to try and contain bushfires ahead of hot, dry weather later in the week, as leaders and communities thanked them for sacrificing time with their families over the holidays.

Australia's wildlife carers set to work around the clock over Christmas
A koala drinks water offered from a bottle by a firefighter during bushfires in Cudlee Creek, south Australia, December 22, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken December 22, 2019.  Mandatory credit OAKBANK BALHANNAH CFS/via REUTERS
Wildlife carers in Australia are ready to work around the clock over Christmas, preparing for more admissions particularly for baby animals stressed by hot weather, bushfires and drought.

Australian PM under pressure as bushfires fuel climate debate
FILE PHOTO: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets a volunteer during a visit to the Wollondilly Emergency Control Centre in Sydney, Australia, December 22, 2019. AAP Image/Joel Carrett/via REUTERS
Calls for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to resign have littered social media platforms after it was revealed he was holidaying in Hawaii while the country battled a bushfire emergency and his return has failed to douse the criticism.
 

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A large fire broke out on Tuesday inside the Iranian industrial area of Bardis in the northeastern part of the Islamic Republic.

According to the spokesman for the Tehran Fire Department, the “fire broke out for 56 minutes this morning, which resulted in very thick smoke. Firefighting teams from the villages Bardis, Boomen, and Roumadh are working to put out the fire.”

He continued: “The fire broke out in three production units, a two-storey building and warehouses that include leather and wood used in the storage industry.”


He revealed that the area where the fire broke out amounted to about 2,500 square meters.

The official IRNA agency stated that this industrial city contains several production units, including the adhesive industries, wood and metal industries.

On the other hand, Ali Ashter, Head of the Ports and Maritime Navigation Department in Qeshm Island (affiliated to Hormuzgan Governorate – South), announced that a fire broke out in one of the commercial wooden boats in Bahman port.

He said in a statement on Monday: “The reasons for this incident are not yet known, confirming that the firefighting teams on the island of Qeshm went immediately after seeing the smoke at the site of the fire and started extinguishing operations from the beach and the sea as well.

He continued, that the emergency and marine rescue teams moved the boat from the incident area to a safe place, noting that the fire incident did not leave any victims or injured, nor did it cause obstruction of navigation activities in Qeshm.

8/4/2020, 4:52:24 PM
Today, a fire broke out in an industrial area near the Iranian capital, Tehran, in the latest chapters of a series of fires and explosions that occurred in different regions of the country, and is still being investigated by the authorities.

Today, a fire broke out in an industrial area near the Iranian capital, Tehran, in the latest chapters of a series of fires and explosions that occurred in different regions of the country.

Iranian television reported that the fire broke out in the industrial area of the Jajrud neighborhood of Bardis district this morning without any injuries or deaths.

The Iranian news agency (IRNA) quoted the director general of the crisis management office in the province as saying that the firefighters were able to put out the fire at the station, which works according to the technology of the synthetic cycle.

He added that work is underway to assess the material losses, indicating that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and is still under investigation.

Today's incident is the latest in a series of mysterious incidents that rocked Iran since the end of last June, and most of it occurred near major military and nuclear installations, as well as industrial centers and power plants, which raised doubts about deliberate sabotage efforts.

Previous incidents

The accident today was preceded by an explosion in 6 fuel tanks in Kermanshah Province (western Iran), last Tuesday; Resulting in a big fire and columns of black smoke billowed into the sky.

Also, last July 15, a major fire broke out at a ship and boat factory in Bushehr port (southern Iran); As a result, 7 ships were burned, according to the Director General of the State Crisis Management Organization in Bushehr Province, Jahangir Dahkani.

During the same month, an explosion occurred in a company for the production of gas condensate in the Khurasan Province of Radwa (eastern Iran), as a result of a fire in a warehouse; This left huge financial losses, according to the agency "Ilna".

The "Natanz" nuclear reactor, at the dawn of 2 July, witnessed an explosion, which is the largest between a series of events that Iranian facilities have witnessed in the past two months, amid Israeli hints and Western reports that Israel was involved in the accident.

Search for Israel

Earlier, Business Insider quoted two sources. An Israeli and another European said that Tel Aviv carried out bombings and burnings of targets in Iran recently, with the aim of pushing towards a confrontation with Tehran, before the US presidential elections in November.

The American website reported - quoting a former Israeli military official - that some of the recent attacks in Iran were carried out by Israeli intelligence, as well as a statement by a European intelligence official - who is still at work - that Israel planned to provoke military action with Iran, as long as President Donald Trump at the White House.

He pointed out that Israel will not be able to put pressure on Iran if Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins the next presidential election.
 

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Earlier, Business Insider quoted two sources. An Israeli and another European said that Tel Aviv carried out bombings and burnings of targets in Iran recently, with the aim of pushing towards a confrontation with Tehran, before the US presidential elections in November.

The American website reported - quoting a former Israeli military official - that some of the recent attacks in Iran were carried out by Israeli intelligence, as well as a statement by a European intelligence official - who is still at work - that Israel planned to provoke military action with Iran, as long as President Donald Trump at the White House.

He pointed out that Israel will not be able to put pressure on Iran if Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins the next presidential election.

This spate of explosions and fires in Iran seems similar to last years string of strange explosions at Russian military facilities, mentioned in a sott comment on an article (below) of the 'apocalyptic' blast in Beirut, Lebanon yesterday.


I do wonder if Israel is sending out increasing provocative 'signals' with a view to a more direct confrontation with Iran and other international partners.
 

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8/05/2020 06:06:00 PM
Around 2,700 people have been evacuated, some of them by boat, to escape forest fires that were raging Wednesday across a vast area near the southern French city of Marseille, officials said.

Some 1,800 firefighters are battling the blazes, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds.

The fires have ravaged about 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vegetation and are threatening residential areas and campsites near the coast, the fire service said.

No casualties have been reported, "but material damage has still to be evaluated," it said.

The blazes are not yet under control, but lighter winds are expected later Wednesday.

Eight campsites near the towns of Martigues, where the fire erupted, and Sausset-les-Pins have been evacuated "as a preventative measure", the fire service said.

Some of the tourists at the sites were taken by boat and are being looked after by local authorities.

A care home for the elderly was also evacuated.

A second blaze in the same region broke out near an industrial park, and raged across 120 hectares, damaging a house and several businesses.

 

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I'm posting this here because there is reportedly a second large fire in a M.E country following the blast in Beirut [...]

To add to the list, although possibly unrelated, apparently now the World Trade Centre in Brussels, Belgium, is on fire:


Added: Article:
Video of fire at Brussels' World Trade Center circulates - Insider Paper
NewsViral Videos Video of fire at Brussels’ World Trade Center circulates
August 6, 2020 10:54 am
Michelle Jones


Brussels’ World Trade Center has caught fire, and a video of the fire is circulating on Twitter. The fire video shows a lot of dark grey smoke rising from the top of Brussels’ World Trade Center. There aren’t a lot of details available yet, although news reports indicate that no injuries or deaths have been reported with the blaze yet.

According to news reports from Belgian media outlets, the Brussels fire brigade is on the scene of the blaze. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 3:45 p.m. local time. The fire is very small. The video of the fire that’s circulating on social media shows a crane moving a bucket toward the top floor away from the tower.

The fire broke out in one of the technical rooms of one of the World Trade Center Towers in Brussels-North. The fire started on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center. A spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade said insulation material on the top floor of the Brussels World Trade Center caught fire.

He added that they have not yet determined what caused the fire. No one has been injured in the blaze.


The World Trade Center is a group of skyscrapers located at the corner of Albert II Boulevard and Simon Bolivar Bolivard in the city’s Northern Quarter. The center’s three towers are among Belgium’s tallest towers. They’re located in the center of Brussels’ business district.

Originally, the center was planned to have eight towers built around the corner of Albert II Boulevard and Simon Bolivar Boulevard. The two on the southeastern corner of the intersection were later named the Proximus Towers, while the two on the northeastern side were called the North Galaxy Towers.

Construction crews have been working in towers I and II to remove asbestos. The Flemish government wants to employ some 4,000 workers starting in 2023.
 

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Another fire, happened a few hours ago, this time in a residential building in Abu Dhabi. Residents reported hearing a loud bang before; the fire has now been extinguised; investigations over the cause are ongoing:



Large fire breaks out in Abu Dhabi building

Residents of the area reported hearing a loud bang before a building erupted in flames



Firefighters tackle a blaze at a residential building in Al Nahyan area of Abu Dhabi. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police
Firefighters tackle a blaze at a residential building in Al Nahyan area of Abu Dhabi. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police

A large fire broke out in a residential building in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.

Residents of Al Nahyan area reported hearing a loud bang at around 8.30pm followed by numerous sirens as fire trucks from Civil Defence rushed to the scene.

The fire quickly spread along a 12-storey residential building on Al Marwu Steet, near Mediclinic Al Mamora, as police cordoned off the area and turned residents away.


A resident of a neighbouring building said he heard a loud bang and went down to see what was happening. Groups of people had already begun to gather.

Large plumes of smoke billowed into the air as pieces of flaming debris fell to the floor.


"From where I stood, the fire looked huge. Bits of burning debris were falling to the ground and ash was beginning to fall on people," he said.

"Police were there within minutes cordoning off the area and ushering people away.

At 11.30pm, police issued a statement saying the fire had been extinguished and residents who suffered smoke inhalation were taken to hospital.

The building was evacuated as soon as police arrived and civil defence managed to prevented the fire from spreading to neighbouring buildings.

Police said the fire broke out on the seventh floor of the building but the cause has yet to be determined.

Cooling operations are currently under way.

Updated: August 8, 2020 12:01 AM
 

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