Fires around the world

Approaching Infinity

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One thing to note about these fires is that parts of the ME are having almost record temperatures. While it's interesting, we should be careful to avoid confirmation bias.
Yeah, I was suspicious at first of all those reported fires in Iran, for example. But it turns out this is probably almost purely an artifact of news reporting:



The Living Force
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Lake fire. Southern California.
LAKE HUGHES, Calif. - A fast-moving brush fire blackened 10,000 acres on Wednesday afternoon in Lake Hughes prompting mandatory evacuations for at least 100 homes, officials said.

CA Fire Scanner
"6,000 acres & it's approximately 1 hour 40 mins since the first call came in".

The "Lake Fire" was reported at about 3:30 p.m. near North Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to Marvin Lim of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was assisting Angels National Forest crews.

An evacuation center has been set up at Highland High School in Palmdale, for residents displaced due to the fast moving fire.

The blaze had a "rapid rate of spread," and the ANF called in a second-alarm response at about 4 p.m.

By 4:30 p.m., the flames had burned 400 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was working with the sheriff's department to evacuate Lake Hughes residents north of the fire

The sheriff's department is evacuating the area of Lake Hughes Road, west of Pine Canyon Road and south of Dry Gulch Road,

Pine Canyon Road at Highway 138, and Lake Hughes Road, west of Pine Canyon Road, are closed to traffic due to the fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The fire was entirely on federal land as of 6:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

By 7:15 p.m., the flames had jumped Pine Canyon Road, two miles west of Lake Hughes Road, and shortly after, flames were seen on aerial footage burning what appeared to be homes in the area. This is a developing story

Pine Gulch Fire Colorado
"At 51,455 acres, the Pine Gulch Fire is now the seventh-largest fire in Colorado history".
The state's 10 largest fires, ranked by acreage, are:
1. Hayman Fire (2002): 138,114 acres
2. West Fork Complex (2013): Several fires with a combined 109,632 acres
3. Spring Fire (2018): 108,045 acres
4. High Park Fire (2012): 87,284 acres
5. Missionary Ridge Fire (2002): 72,962 acres
6. 416 Fire (2018): 54,000 acres
7. Pine Gulch Fire (2020): 51,455 acres
8. Bridger Fire (2008): 45,800 acres
9. Last Chance Fire (2012): 45,000 acres
10. Bear Springs/Callie Marie fires (2011): 44,662 acres



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Live updates: Wildfire grows to 36,000 acres; injured patients flown to Fresno on Blackhawks
September 5, 2020
#CreekFire (Sierra NF, Fresno Co) - Article confirms the reports of ~1,000 people trapped @ Mammoth Pools in Madera Co/Fresno Co, cut off by fire. No tankers on the fire at this time, other than that spot fire by Cascadel Woods.

Posted by Chris Jennewein on September 5, 2020 Tweets
A fast-moving wildfire in the Japatul Valley area southeast of Alpine has spread to 1,500 acres amid triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds.

Firefighters from the Cleveland National Forest and Cal Fire are battling the blaze, which broke out about 3 p.m. off Japatul and Carveacre roads.

“Update on the #ValleyFire, 300-400 acres, dangerous rate of spread, community of Carveacre is threatened and under evacuation orders. Multiple air and ground resources are on scene and en route,” according to a tweet from the Cleveland National Forest shortly after the blaze started.

San Diego Gas & Electric reported that the giant Skycrane helicopter that it provides for San Diego County protection has already made multiple water drops. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department also sent resources, including the Type-3 Metro Zone Strike Team.

Cal Fire reported at 5:15 p.m. that the fire is moving west toward Lawson Valley.

Those under evacuation orders were directed to Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley or Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine.

According to the San Diego County Sheriffs Department, road closures due to the fire include: Japatul Road at Carveacre Road, Sequan Truck Trail and Hidden Glen Road, and Lawson Valley Road at Skyline Truck Trail.

Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in East County.

Weather readings in Alpine when the fire started were 107 degrees with wind gusts of 29 knots.
Updated at 6 and 9:45 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020

August Fires Leave Vast Burn Scars in California (Before and after)
August 26, 2020
The weather system sparked the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in the North Bay that has charred more than 375,000 acres. It ignited the SCU Lightning Complex fire in Alameda and Santa Clara counties that has burned close to 400,000 acres. It set the blaze that became the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that burned more than 86,000 acres. The interactive photo gallery below shows how those fires changed the landscape. By moving the slider left and right, you can see a before and after of the inferno and get an idea of the scope of the blaze.


The Living Force
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Just to give an idea of the scale and intensity of these fires.
Below is a picture (by a resident of the Santa Cruz mountains) taken approx 70 miles (110km) away of the Dolan Fire (Big Sur area California) in the late evening.
The lights in picture are from around Monterey and the glow in the clouds is from the Dolan fire.



The Living Force
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Fire anomalies and apocalyptic behavior.

Hot, dry weather to continue Thursday, increasing Washington wildfire danger
Sep 10, 2020

“Like Another World”: Orange-Red, Smoke-Choked Skies Stun Bay Area Residents
Sep 10, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle

Valley Fire Day 6 | 17,665 acres, 32% containment
California Statewide Fire Summary September 10, 2020
Cal Fire (List of current fire's in the state)
Top 20 Wildfire Records
6 of the Top 20 largest wildfires in California History have occurred in 2020.
Largest Wildfires - #1 August Complex, #3 SCU Lightning Complex, #4 LNU Lightning Complex, #9 Elkhorn Fire, #10 North Complex, and #17 Creek Fire.
Most Destructive - #9 LNU Lightning Complex and #10 CZU August Lightning Complex
Deadliest Wildfires - #19 LNU Lightning Complex

#CameronPeakFire Boulder CO.
Sep 7, 2020


The Living Force
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11 September 2020
Without any wind, firefighters can tame some of the fires burning up and down the West Coast. But without wind, the smoke from those fires just sits over entire regions making the outdoors dangerous, and the built-up smoke blocking the sun's warmth is itself perpetuating the cycle by keeping breezes low.

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As we noted this morning, little motion in the current smoke mass is expected through today, and Garcia seems to suggest that nothing much will change until Sunday or Monday. The tweet below from the weather service's Portland bureau was a bit more optimistic, showing some dispersal of the smoke beginning today and suggesting that a "modest westerly breeze" would be moving in (at least over Oregon) in the "next couple of days."

As Garcia tells SFGate, "I’ve worked in California for almost 11 years and it’s not about how bad [the air quality] is. It’s about the duration of this. If you remember 2018, we had smoke from the Camp Fire. That air quality was horrible... But that lasted only a day or two. Then we had wind come in from the east and blow it out. We have no wind right now."

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Two of the suspects remain unidentified, and authorities dismissed potential political affiliations
Four have been arrested on suspicion of arson in West Coast areas already under seige from major destructive and deadly blazes, according to reports.

As wildfires continue to rage across three states, police investigated separate incidents near existing wildfires. Two men in Washington state, one man in Oregon and one woman in California are facing charges, according to the Daily Wire.

The latest reports suggest that at least 20 people have died in California, eight in Oregon and one in Washington state as firefighters struggle to contain already deadly fires.


Ashland, Ore., Police Chief Tighe O'Meara announced Thursday that a criminal investigation was opened into the cause of the Almeda fire calling the circumstances around the fire 'suspicious'.

The fire sparked in Ashland Tuesday and although it mostly spared the Oregon Shakespeare Festival town, the blaze has killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.



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I live in Southern Oregon. Yes the air quality here is brutal; the damage shocking. Pretty much the entire state under a blanket of smoke. On the bright side, some rain is forecast for early next week. Speaking of climate impact, we had temps of 100 degrees forecast but the smoke has whacked about 20-25 degrees off the temperatures. You can look directly at the sun. It's just a dull orange disc.


The Living Force
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Roland Pagan on Saturday stood knee-deep in swirls of smoke on a mesa where the two-story home it took him nine years to build once offered commanding views of the desert flatlands below.

Almost exactly 24 hours earlier, Pagan, 80, stood on a nearby hill and peered through binoculars, watching his house in Juniper Hills collapse in flames.

“The ferocity of this fire was shocking,” he said, shaking his head in sadness. “It burned my house alive in just 20 minutes.”

The Bobcat fire exploded Friday amid intense winds, burning homes in the Antelope Valley and spreading in multiple directions.

As of Saturday, the fire had burned more than 93,842 acres and was threatening some desert communities along Highway 138. The fire lines stretched across 30 miles of rough terrain on the northern flanks of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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The fire spread rapidly onto the desert floor Friday as winds arrived. Some residents had to flee as the fire jumped around, hitting some homes but sparing others.

Flames tore through stands of yucca and juniper,
leaving behind piles of ash resembling leopard spots and transforming the landscape into a smoky wasteland.

The fire was 15% contained as of Saturday, but fire officials said they have a tough weekend ahead with hot conditions and more winds forecast.

“We are expecting another round of some pretty gusty south to southwest winds over the Bobcat fire this afternoon and into the evening hours,” said David Gomberg, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The weather service was warning of an elevated fire weather threat both Saturday and Sunday due to the combination of wind and low relative humidity.


By Alex Wigglesworth, Louis Sahagun Sep. 20, 2020 9 AM UPDATED 9 AM
The Bobcat fire is approaching 100,000 acres, making it one of the largest wildfires in Los Angeles County history, and continues to threaten some desert communities as well as the Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday.

Although the fire is no longer bearing down on foothill communities like Arcadia and Monrovia, it is moving into some remote areas in the Antelope Valley, destroying homes and prompting numerous evacuations, officials said.

There were flare-ups overnight around Mt. Wilson, but firefighters on the ground and in the air were able to prevent any losses there.

The fire has burned nearly 94,000 acres and is only 15% contained, officials said. Winds could kick up again Sunday, but fire officials said with lower temperatures and calmer winds expected Monday and Tuesday, this might give them a chance to get the upper hand on the blaze.

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“The ferocity of this fire was shocking,” said Pagan, 80, who stood on a nearby hill and peered through binoculars, watching his house in Juniper Hills collapse in flames. “It burned my house alive in just 20 minutes.”

Though the fire approached the high desert community of Valyermo, a Benedictine monastery there appeared to have escaped major damage.

There are now more than 1,600 firefighters on the lines. They have relied on helicopters and water-dropping airplanes to deal with heat, erratic winds, low humidity and flames sweeping across vast swaths of inaccessible mountain terrain.


The blaze is destroying forests and laying the groundwork for mudslides in some of the last refuges for federally endangered animals, including the southern mountain yellow-legged frog.

The fire burned through the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, destroying the nature center, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation said on Twitter. No animals or staff were hurt, and the wildlife sanctuary staff office was still standing, the department said.

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