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Via @C5_CDMX: #EvitaLaZona ⚠️ Firefighters 🚒 attend fire in commercial Plaza in remodeling located on Calz. Del Bone and Canal de Miramontes, Col. Residencial Miramontes, TLP.

Wildfire smoke chokes Yosemite Valley: 'I can't even see Half Dome'
Published11:09 am PDT, Monday, July 16, 2018

Ferguson Fire
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FergusonFire time lapse shot from approx 1330-1600 PST today 7/15/2018
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Container ship fire, Singapore
July 17, 2018 at 03:50
Fire erupted in upper decks of superstructure of container ship SALAM MESRA , anchored off Marina Barrage, Singapore, at around 1510 LT (UTC +8) Jul 16. Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) firefighters and 4 boats were deployed, it took them some 5 hours to bring fire under control. At around 2200 LT firefighters reportedly, were cooling off superstructure to prevent possible rekindling. No injures reported, extent of damages unknown


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Goleta CA hopscotching unstoppable fires (Jul 7, 2018)
 

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Crum Fire sparks up near 9 PM as seen from the Mt. Lewis fire camera
Published on Jul 22, 2018 Battle Mountain, Nevada
Although the Crum Fire starts earlier as seen on earlier footage, it really starts to "take off" a little after 9 PM.
Sixth fire of the day within the ALERTWildfire footprint!
Cause Lightning.
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Thunderstorms
Gusty and erratic outflow winds.
Continued thunderstorms and dry lightning in the forecast for the next 3-5 days.

Current and Major Wildland Fires, USA
July 22, 2018


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Fire hose along fireline on Sugar Pine Fire

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Additional Evacuations Ordered For Ferguson Fire Near Yosemite
July 21, 2018
MARIPOSA COUNTY (CBS13) — New evacuations for the Anderson Valley Area have been ordered due to the Ferguson Fire.

The US Department of Agriculture issued the evacuation Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This is a mandatory evacuation that is effective immediately.

Evacuations are also in place for Yosemite West. The evacuation order was issued earlier Saturday morning.

Evacuees are encouraged to drive with caution and watch for responding emergency traffic as they leave their property. A Red Cross Shelter is available at the New Life Christian Church, 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa.

Those in need of large animal evacuation assistance can call the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office at 209-966-3615.

The Ferguson Fire started July 13 and is 27,127 acres and 7 percent contained. It is burning off Highway 140 and Hite Cove, Near El Portal in Mariposa County, according to CAL FIRE.

 
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Emergency teams of Greek Red Cross at work in Nea Makri, Rafina and Megara. ,, The most important thing is to bring people into safety now. The teams deal with injuries and work together with the other emergency services. " Rode Kruis-teams verlenen hulp bij bosbranden Griekenland - Rode Kruis Nederland‎ … Photo: Nick Paleologos/SOOC Translated from Dutch by Microsoft


Sweden now battling over 50 wildfires, authorities say some 'impossible to extinguish' -- Sott.net
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According to officials, parts of Yosemite National Park will be closing due to the Ferguson Fire.

At a public meeting park officials said that Highway 41, the Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close by noon on Wednesday. Visitors and people camping in the park are being asked to leave

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The number of deaths as a result of forest fires in Greece has increased to a total of 79 people, local media reported on Wednesday, citing firefighters.

25.07.2018 - Death Toll from Greek Wildfires Reportedly Rises to Almost 80 (Photos - Video)
Death Toll from Greek Wildfires Reportedly Rises to Almost 80 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

On Tuesday, the death toll reportedly stood at 74 people, while at least 187 people, including 23 children, received injuries. Also around 100 people are considered missing, according to media reports.

Some of those considered missing might have already returned to their families without informing the authorities, the Kathimerini newspaper reported, citing fire department spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri.

At the same time, the Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that Athens has unlocked a package of relief measures worth 20 million euros (over $23 million), which will be provided through exemption from taxes and loan repayments for those, who were affected by the natural disaster, according to the newspaper.

Moreover, the authorities will create a special bank account for liquidation of material damage, while the main measures such as compensation to families will be announced later after the full assessment of the situation, the newspaper reported.

The vast wildfires in the Greek capital region of Attica broke out on Monday. The disaster was caused by 40 degree Celsius (104 degree Fahrenheit) heat and strong winds, which prevented emergency services from putting out the fire.


25.07.2018 - Greece Wildfires: It was Tragic, Terrain Looked Like it was Bombed - Firefighter
Greece Wildfires: It Was Tragic, Terrain Looked Like It Was Bombed – Firefighter

The number of deaths resulting from wildfires in Greece has increased to a total of 79, local media reported on Wednesday, citing firefighters. The president of the Voluntary Fire Brigade Association, Makis Ciugris, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the rescue operation and the horrid scene on the ground.

In order to help extinguish the fires, as well as to aid in the search and rescue operations held in Greece, a number of voluntary firefighters have signed up. These volunteer firefighters were in the area of Mathi yesterday, during the disaster, and today, when they took part in search operations.

I've been in the fire brigade for 19 years but I've never seen anything like this before," the president of the Voluntary Fire Brigade Association, Makis Tsiugris, told Sputnik in an interview.

The firefighter went on to say that most of the houses had been destroyed, hundreds of cars had blocked the streets and that it was extremely difficult for people to escape and therefore they were panicking.

Tsiugris was also involved in checking burnt houses for any survivors and saw the bodies of people who were trapped and tragically killed. He emphasized that although the fire had disappeared, the search would continue.

"The search continues, because there are people who are still missing. We still have a lot of work,” he said.
 

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22.07.2018 Forest fires devastate western Latvia
Five days of unabated fires have destroyed more than 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of land in western Latvia, authorities said Sunday. The Baltic nation is the latest to succumb to the heat and drought waves that have plagued northern Europe this summer.

Across the Baltic Sea, Sweden too has grappled with wildfires (main picture above) that have led to evacuations and prompted the Nordic country to seek EU help with its emergency response. Latvia has not yet requested assistance from its European neighbors and authorities say they do not plan to do so.

Latvian fire services spokeswoman Inta Palkavniece told reporters that a peat fire had begun last week in the western region of Courland, which has since spread east, and acknowledged that conditions to fight its advance are unfavorable.

[Fortunately] The Courland region is sparsely populated, with few roads and many areas inaccessible because of its vast marshes. Additionally, meteorologists have warned that high temperatures are likely to persist and that no rain is expected for the next two weeks.


July 24, 2018 Latvia asks for international help to contain forest fires
Latvia will ask for international assistance to help contain fires that have damaged hundreds of hectares of forests and peatland, the government decided on July 23.

Latvia, neighbouring Lithuania, as well as nearly the entirety of northern Europe, have been suffering from a rare heatwave for weeks. Temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius - recorded as far as 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle - have created conditions for the ignition and easy spreading of forest fires. The hot weather is linked to the effects of climate change, experts say.

The Latvian government said help is needed because the country’s aircraft that have been fighting the fires need maintenance.
So far, fires have destroyed nearly 270 hectares of forest, 312 hectares of scrubland and over 430 hectares of peatland, Leta reported.
 

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Latvia, neighbouring Lithuania, as well as nearly the entirety of northern Europe, have been suffering from a rare heatwave for weeks. Temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius - recorded as far as 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle - have created conditions for the ignition and easy spreading of forest fires. The hot weather is linked to the effects of climate change, experts say.

And in the same time, here in southern Europe (Balkans) we have more rain in July than ever. And I think that there wasn't a day in Serbia above 30 degree Celsius, which is very unusual for July. Even when I look at the prognosis for the next five days, it's all below 30. And it's middle of summer!
 

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Heart of Yosemite National Park to Close as Firefighters Battle Ferguson Fire; Mandatory Evacuations in Place | The Weather Channel
2 hours ago Associated Press

At a Glance
  • Yosemite Valley will close for at least four days beginning Wednesday because of a nearby wildfire.
  • The last time this valley was closed because of fire was 1990.
  • Mandatory evacuations are in place in several communities.
The heart of Yosemite National Park, where throngs of tourists are awe-struck by cascading waterfalls and towering granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome, will be closed as firefighters try to corral a huge wildfire just to the west that has cast a smoky pall and threatened the park's forest, officials said Tuesday.

Yosemite Valley will be closed for at least four days beginning at noon Wednesday, along with a winding, mountainous, 20-mile stretch of State Route 41, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. The closure is expected to last through Sunday.

At least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings will be canceled — to say nothing of the impact on day visitors, park workers and small businesses along the highway, Gediman added. Additional evacuations were ordered near the north side of the park on Wednesday.

"If you don't need to be here, go somewhere else," park ranger Scott Gediman told Express. "That's our message to employees and visitors. It's not something we take lightly. We've been keeping things going the past few days."

(MORE: Death Toll Climbs as Greece Wildfires Rage)

The last time the 7.5-mile-long valley was closed because of fire was 1990, he said.

Yosemite wasn't under imminent danger from the Ferguson Fire, officials were quick to point out. Authorities decided on the closure to allow crews to perform protective measures like burning away brush along roadways without having to deal with traffic in the park that welcomes 4 million visitors annually.

Yosemite Valley is the centerpiece of the visitor experience, offering views of landmarks such as Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Bridal Veil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. The glacial valley's grand vista of waterfalls and shear granite faces has been obscured by a choking haze of smoke from a nearby fire.

Visitors are advised to "limit activity during the periods of poor air quality," the park said in a statement. "Some facilities and services are closed or diminished."

Over nearly two weeks, flames have churned through more than 60 square miles of timber in steep terrain of the Sierra Nevada just west of the park. The fire was 25 percent contained Wednesday morning.

Mandatory evacuations are in place in several communities, while others have been told to get ready to leave if necessary.

More than 3,300 firefighters are working the fire, aided by 16 helicopters. One firefighter was killed July 14, and six others have been injured.

Gediman suggested valley visitors divert to Tuolumne Meadows, on Yosemite's northern edge, or to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the south.

"There are wonderful places to visit in the region, so we're asking people to consider alternative plans," he said.

In the state's far north, a nearly 4-square-mile wildfire has forced the evacuation of French Gulch, a small Shasta County community that dates to the Gold Rush.
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Fast-Moving Grass Fire Forces Evacuations Near Mount Diablo Ca.
KPIX CBS SF Bay Area Published on Jul 25, 2018
The so-called Marsh Fire started on Marsh Creek Road near the base of Mount Diablo. Evacuation orders in the area remained in effect Wednesday night. Christin Ayers reports. (7-25-18)

Marsh Fire doubles to 225 acres in Clayton, burning one home, threatening others
Updated 9:58 pm PDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Dozens of travelers had hopped out of their vehicles and were standing around on the gravel alongside Marsh Creek Road, each taking turns asking Highway Patrol officials about their options for the night.

Carl Christian, 47, of Clayton, said he was driving home from work when he learned of the fire. While stuck in traffic, the battery in his Toyota Tacoma went out. Then his neighbor called him and told him his backyard was burning
“I guess it’s a hot spot back there on Aspara Road,” Christian said. “What I’ve heard is that the fire started in the creek (bed) off Aspara Road.”

Yosemite Valley is nearly a ghost town as smoke from the Ferguson Fire chokes the national park, leaving thousands of visitors crestfallen and scrambling to find accommodations nearby. Andria Borba reports. (7-25-18)

 

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Firefighter killed as out-of-control Carr Fire rips into Redding, sending residents fleeing
Redding California Updated 12:18 am PDT, Friday, July 27, 2018
An erratic and fast moving fire in Shasta County turned deadly as thousands of residents were sent fleeing for their lives late Thursday night after the blaze jumped the Sacramento River and sent a wall of flames into Redding.

A contract firefighter operating a bulldozer was killed in an active part of the fire and several firefighters and residents were injured, Cal Fire officials said.

“This fire is making a significant push into the northwestern part of Redding,” Cal Fire Unified Incident Commander Chief Brett Gouvea said in a news briefing late Thursday. “We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly. This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard with what’s in its path.”

The California Highway Patrol in Redding urged residents in the west part of the city to start packing and “get out now.”

“The fire is creating a huge wind vacuum and moving very rapidly toward west Redding,” the CHP office wrote on Twitter. “This fire is out of control!”

The fire has burned 29,000 acres and is 6 percent contained. There were reports that a dozen historic buildings had burned.

But as the fire exploded late Thursday, firefighters switched from trying to contain it and protect properties to trying to save lives.

Mandatory evacuations are ordered in parts of Redding, according to Cal Fire. The fire erupted Monday from a mechanical failure of a vehicle and was fanned by continued dry weather and triple digit temperatures.

Redding is a town of 90,000 at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. Officials initially set up an evacuation center at Shasta High School in Redding on Thursday, but had to move it to Shasta College when the high school itself was ordered evacuated.

At Mercy Medical Center Redding, infants in the neo-natal ICU ward were being evacuated. At KRCR News Channel 7, anchors were in the middle of a live broadcast when they announced they had to cut their report short because they had to evacuate.

“We are going to leave the station because it is now unsafe to be here,” a station news anchor said on the air.​
HAPPENING NOW: @KRCR7 is evacuating as the #CarrFire approaches their studio in #Redding, California. Horrible.
Stay safe out there. pic.twitter.com/LRfRoVIdDI
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On Facebook, the station posted: “We will work to keep our Facebook page and website updated once we are all out safely.”

More than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze.

On Twitter, several evacuees posted comments about their ordeal.
Just evacuated Redding because of the #CarrFire, feeling sick and scared for all of the people in town, the stray pets and praying that not all homes will be lost. I made it out safely withy family and pets, that is all that matters
— Brianna Conley (@WeRun_TheWorld1) July 27, 2018


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Germany: WW2 ammunition discovery complicates effort to control forest fire near Berlin
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Sad to see arson suspected in deadly Greek fires. Just saw this in Colorado as well ... and happens all too often in California. This isn't leaving campfires unattended or throwing a cigarette out the window -- it's terrorism.
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There is also a report/video of the crazy fires in Greece. Beside a crazy man who risked his life. To severe weather, he and his cat survived.

 

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Fire Tornadoes reported in Redding Ca.



CHP Warning To Redding: 'This Fire Is Out Of Control'
July 27, 2018 at 9:25 am Video / 02:57
REDDING (CBS SF) — A massive firestorm swept into the western suburbs of Redding early Friday, destroying at least 65 homes, claiming the lives of two firefighters and forcing nearly half of the city’s 91,808 residents to evacuate from the blaze’s destructive path.

Early Friday, Cal Fire officials announced a city of Redding firefighter had been killed trying to halt the fire’s deadly advance. He was the second firefighter killed battling the blaze.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said that crews had earlier found the body of a bulldozer operator who was hired privately to clear vegetation in the blaze’s path. The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making the man the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

Other firefighters and an unknown number of civilians had burns, but the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known, McLean said.

Marin County Battalion Chief Brett McTigue said three of his agency’s firefighters were injured when a “heat blast” overtook their engine as they were protecting homes.

The three were assigned to the same engine company, operating as a strike team. They were taken to Mercy Hospital in Redding, where two were treated and released. The third has been transferred to UC Davis Burn Center. Their injuries were burns to face, ears, and hands.

They were identified as — 37-year-old engineer Scott Pederson, 19 years with the department; 34-year-old firefighter Tyler Barnes, 4 years with the department and 26-year-old firefighter Brian Cardoza, 3 months with the department.

”At this time we are focusing on the health of our firefighters and ensuring peer support is in place for the members of the strike team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two firefighters that lost their lives yesterday battling the same fire” Chief Jason Weber said.

As its officers were going door-to-door to help people escape the flames late Thursday, the California Highway Patrol took to Facebook to urge residents to leave.

“The fire is creating a huge wind vacuum and moving very rapidly toward west Redding. This fire is out of control!,” the agency wrote. “If you see heavy smoke or flames and feel threatened, leave… don’t wait for evacuation calls.”

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Among those who fled their homes was Alistair Sullivan. On Friday, he stood amid the smoldering ruins of what was left of his neighborhood.

“This came out of nowhere,” he told KPIX 5. “(All that’s left of my house) is a basketball hoop. That’s all just ashes and burnt metal. This was a really beautiful neighborhood…It’s pretty tragic. You try to grab things that you think are pretty important…Then you leave and you think — ‘Oh sh.., I should have grabbed that.”


Sullivan had heard the flames had jumped the Sacramento River at around 7:45 p.m. He was heading home when he saw his neighbors clogging the street, fleeing the oncoming fire.

“To could see the helicopters, there were flames at the end of Harlan,” he said. “When I got to the house, the cops were already there saying — ‘You’re leaving right?’ I ran in and grabbed my papers.”

As of dawn, Cal Fire said the Carr Fire had grown to 44,450 acres and was just 3 percent contained.

At least 65 homes had been destroyed, but a walk through at least one neighborhood revealed dozens more reduced to ash and rubble. Cal Fire spokesman Scott Kenney said Friday morning that the blaze was threatening another 5,000 homes and buildings.

Cal Fire said the ‘mechanical failure of a vehicle’ was the source of the blaze.

Mercy Medical Center spokesman Mike Mangas told the Redding Record Searchlight that the hospital was not being evacuated yet, but they were getting newborns ready, in case they needed to be taken to another hospital.

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit were also being prepared for transfer.

RELATED: List of Carr Fire evacuation orders

McLean said flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people — the largest in the region.

McLean said many people in Redding didn’t seem prepared for the blaze to reach their city.

“When it hit, people were really scrambling,” he said. “There was not much of a warning.”

Traffic out of the city was backed up, with drives that normally take 20 minutes reaching two and a half hours long as residents fled to safety.

The 45-square-mile fire that began Monday tripled in size overnight Thursday amid scorching temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

 
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A police dashboard camera captured a startling sight near the Carr wildfire in northern California Friday: a swirling whirlwind of flames dancing above the blaze.

27.07.2018 - Watch: 'Fire Tornado' Spirals Through Massive California Wildfire
WATCH: ‘Fire Tornado’ Spirals Through Massive California Wildfire

In the short video, a flaming vortex is seen spiraling along the ground from the fire toward a convoy of emergency vehicles.

The Carr Fire has devastated California's Shasta County, leveling dozens of homes and killing two people so far, while forcing over 37,000 to evacuate, the Sacramento Bee reported. The blaze has burned 44,450 acres so far, CNN reported, and is only 3 percent contained. Thursday it jumped the Sacramento River, which firefighters had hoped would halt progress of the blaze.

"There was literally a wall of flames coming into the city of Redding," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said in a press conference Friday morning. Two firefighters have died fighting the fire.

The city of Redding is home to 95,000 people.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Cox said the fire was no longer advancing, but firefighters were wary of what the afternoon would bring. The National Weather Service has predicted strong winds, and temperatures are projected to reach 111 degrees Fahrenheit.
 

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A police dashboard camera captured a startling sight near the Carr wildfire in northern California Friday: a swirling whirlwind of flames dancing above the blaze.

27.07.2018 - Watch: 'Fire Tornado' Spirals Through Massive California Wildfire
WATCH: ‘Fire Tornado’ Spirals Through Massive California Wildfire

In the short video, a flaming vortex is seen spiraling along the ground from the fire toward a convoy of emergency vehicles.
The videos of the fires (fires in greece and now floods, multiple wild fires burning at a very rapid speed) and floods are becoming more and more dramatic and becoming hard to believe what we are watching - . I heard one person who lost his wife or girlfriend in Greece fires saying she had melted ( Not clear whether he watched or guessing based on speed with which she disappeared). Now I see some pictures all cars are burned but tree are still there. This makes me wonder whether there is any new phenomenon ( strange unknown EM that allowed cars to catch fire easily etc.) other than fast burning guided by wind and extremely dry summer.


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The videos of the fires (fires in greece and now floods, multiple wild fires burning at a very rapid speed) and floods are becoming more and more dramatic and becoming hard to believe what we are watching - . I heard one person who lost his wife or girlfriend in Greece fires saying she had melted ( Not clear whether he watched or guessing based on speed with which she disappeared). Now I see some pictures all cars are burned but tree are still there. This makes me wonder whether there is any new phenomenon ( strange unknown EM that allowed cars to catch fire easily etc.) other than fast burning guided by wind and extremely dry summer

Interesting observation, Seek10? Some photos of the Ferguson fire (below) which shows much the same phenomenon? Trees look like they were untouched by flames and extreme heat?

There might not be any connection to these extreme fires and the massive flooding in other areas but I wonder if the effects of a "Blood Moon" along with Mar's "opposition" might be affecting the intensity of these ground conditions?

* Mars' opposition: How to see the red planet as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years
Mars' opposition: How to see the red planet as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years

In 2018, Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30. Its closest approach to Earth is July 31. That is the point in Mars' orbit when it comes closest to Earth. Mars will be at a distance of 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers).

The reason Mars is becoming so bright is the fact that we are approaching Mars’ opposition; this is the time when Earth will be directly between the planet and the sun,“ AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

Mars at opposition will take place on Thursday night into early Friday morning -- the first time that Mars has been at opposition since May 2016.

* World Marvels at Longest 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Expected for a Century (Photos)
World Marvels at Longest ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse Expected for a Century (PHOTOS)

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, meaning the two bodies are directly aligned with the Sun. That's the opposite of a solar eclipse, which happened late last year, when the moon goes directly between the sun and the Earth and casts a shadow across the Earth's surface.

That kind of thing only happens rarely, National Geographic notes, because the moon orbits the Earth on a tilted angle. A lunar eclipse typically only happens twice a year.

However, this one is extra-special, because it's the longest expected until the year 2127, lasting nearly four hours. That's because the moon is presently at is apogee, meaning it's the furthest from Earth it gets during its slightly elliptical orbit. The moon Friday night appeared 13 percent smaller than normal — a "minimoon," NatGeo noted — meaning it took a bit longer than normal to cross the sky.

The shaded moon, which appears red because of dust particles in the atmosphere, was visible across Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and parts of South America, although only viewers in East Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe got to see the completely eclipsed moon; viewers outside that area got a partial view.

By sheer coincidence, our neighboring planet of Mars is both the closest it'll get to Earth for a while right now, and also only 5 degrees separated from the moon in the night sky. That means you can view a red moon right next to the Red Planet!


Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Ferguson Fire continues to grow, Yosemite National Park guests evacuated (Video)
Ferguson Fire continues to grow, Yosemite evacuated

AHWAHNEE, Calif. -- As the Ferguson Fire continues to grow, major closures are happening to help with the massive firefight.

The National Park Service closed the Yosemite Valley and the Wawona areas, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to visitors as the fire creeps closer. Thick smoke has made the air in many parts of the National Park unhealthy and could lead to unsafe driving conditions on Highway 41, the main route between Fresno and the park.

As of Thursday morning, the Ferguson Fire has burned 43,299 acres, and containment is up to 27-percent. There are currently 5,236 structures threatened by the fire.

But fire officials have slowly begun to lift some of the evacuation orders. Residents of Jerseydale and Sweetwater Ridge Road were allowed to return home on Wednesday. But earlier in the day, new evacuations were ordered for the north side of Triangle Road, from Vista Lago to east Westfall and all side roads to the north. The north side of East Westfall to Old Mill and all side roads to the North were also evacuated.

Firefighters have been challenged by the fire, which has now been burning for 13 days. The fire is burning in very rough terrain, with very hot conditions, and limited access, requiring significant air support.

With every day, there's danger in the firefight, as well as outside of it.
Nearly 3,700 fire personnel are aggressively attacking the flames. The fire has injured seven firefighters and killed one Cal Fire employee, dozer operator Braden Varney.

Fire officials are working very closely with the residents affected in this fire.

VIDEO: Drive through Carr Fire near Redding reveals apocalyptic scenes
VIDEO: Drive through Carr Fire reveals apocalyptic scenes

VIDEO: New look at destruction from Carr Fire in Redding
 
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