Wildfires around the world: Increasing in frequency and intensity?

Ocean

The Living Force
The screenshot could be misleading, because all the red dots become very tiny eareas when zoomed in, I tried it for Germany. I also tried unsuccessfully to find information about current wildfires in Germany, I don't know if there are any at the moment, and most of the red spots I zoomed in are located at densely populated or industrial areas, so I'm sceptical to what extend this map actually shows wildfires at all.

This is the link for Germany
If you click on each red dot you get more information eg.

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c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
#McFarlandFire 8/15/21 EVACUATION ORDER: Immediate threat to life and property, leave now for the area south of Highway 36 for all occupied structures from Tedoc Rd east to Ball Rd, to include Olympia Dr, Fox St, Sunny Brook Ln, and Valencia Dr.



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Maps — Dixie Fire (CA)
PIO Map East Zone August 15 (Below)
NOTE: Maps represent approximate information.

 

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lilies

The Living Force
Evacuation ordered as another fire breaks out near Athens, as Greece suffers more devastating wildfires & arson suspected
The dangerous blaze could’ve been caused by arsonists, the municipality’s deputy head, Thanasis Markodimitris, told broadcaster Skai. According to the official, early on Monday cleaning workers, who were on a mountain spotted a suspicious object being tossed out of the window of a white Peugeot 306 vehicle.
What better method for population reduction than to take away arable lands, farmland, forests thus the very breathable air from people and usher everybody into Vaxxed Machine Brain Cities? Where the Schwab Cabal can graciously give you your independent thoughts back - only once per week - and only if you can Pay Rent on your [now leased] independent thoughts?

I didn't understand what Dr. Sherri Tenpenny meant by:
- "There are worse things than death."
Now, after reading The Russian Billionaire, I know: nanoVaxx 5G linking people up into a Central Machine Brain [Iron Satan] and people's souls are forever trapped in a Zombie Body and the soul cannot get away, because there is no Death allowed. Mayne thats why the Lizzies love to re-animate..
 

cholas

Dagobah Resident
Update from our smoke-filled space: I had originally written this off as a "forest cleanse" which is what the usfs seems to be in favor of these days.

For those that aren't familiar: The Forest Service does not put out fires. Nor do they necessarily protect structures. Not their job (they work for us?). "Containment" is their focus. Not even sure what that means anymore. CalFire: they put it out. Ah...but this is not the latter's fire. Unfortunate.

That has become all too clear recently. Thought they had the fire under "control", the winds then picked up....As we all knew they would. (happens every evening)

Luckily my family and many friends have all evacuated. This is not good air to be breathing, especially for children.

Electricity is now a thing of the past. Generators from here on out. Which is fine....we are pretty prepared.

Last night I captured some odd screenshots. Maybe I was just tired but it certainly "gave a face" to this mayhem.

As an aside: I do wonder if this is somewhat by design. They are flying DC-10 tankers over smaller fires in the middle-of-nowhere and yet all we hear is an Air Force obversational aircraft. "Too smokey to fly" some say. Hmmm......

Anyway, from last night: (anyone else see some odd features?) The fire has become quite a bit larger in the last 8 hours. It's getting pretty close....again.
 

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c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
The CaldorFire wildfire near Pollock Pines (off of interstate US-50 in California) gain's momentum.



Aug 18, 2021

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dredger

Jedi Council Member
Just saw 1 video on telegram, found it on Odyssey, 2 different camera recording the same event. It happens in Kabylia (Algeria)
The comments are in french, but it's easy to figure out what is happening, and it's disgusting.
The summary of the french guy who is recording is that it's symetric, and it's hardly possible that it's done by someone on the ground, so he concludes that it's probably coming from the sky, which is what I would also conclude.
Here are the 2 clips :



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c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
5:30 AM · Aug 19, 2021 Zeke Lunder@wildland_zko
#CaldorFire 8/18/2021 Update. Infrared mapping from 5pm flight today. Fire spread 13 miles east in past 24 hrs. Fire was 13 miles east of Placerville at 5pm. Winds forecast to blow hard toward west tonight. If you are living west of fire pay attention to conditions overnight.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — UPDATE (9:22 PM):
Snip:
The French Fire has now eclipsed 2,000 acres burned, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
UPDATE (7:36 PM):

The French Fire burning just west of Lake Isabella has now burned more than 900 acres, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

The fire started around 5 p.m. and due to the high winds in the area, it has moved fast. The fire is now zero percent contained.

Evacuation orders remain in place for those in the Sawmill area/community.

Previous Updates below ------------------------------

UPDATE (6:22 PM):
According to Kern County Fire, evacuations orders have been put into effect for the Sawmill area/community due to the French Fire. Red Cross will set up an evacuation center at the Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6403 Lake Isabella Road, CA 93240.


18 Aug, 2021 22:02 / Updated 6 hours ago
Thousands are evacuating from Northern California as the Caldor Fire has charred nearly 50,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes, and officials are warning of conditions creating a “perfect combination” for it to spread further.

“The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented fire behavior and growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the south west winds,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said of the El Dorado County blaze.

In their latest update on fighting the fire, fire officials said a “red flag warning” has been extended through tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. “Red flag” warnings are issued “for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours.”

Dry conditions and wind have created a “perfect combination” for the fire to spread, Chief Daniel Berlant told reporters on Wednesday.

A satellite video posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed the quick growth of the fire.


Fire officials said the fire grew 47,200 acres in just 24 hours.

Gov. Gavin Newsom previously declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County in response to the growing flames. Evacuation orders for numerous areas like Grizzly Flat, Perry Creek and Hawk Haven have been issued as the fire has spread and destroyed property, including dozens of homes, an elementary school, a post office, and multiple other buildings, according to officials. At least two people have been injured, both having to be airlifted to hospitals.

Thousands have already been evacuated, according to a Wednesday update from state emergency services.

The fire began on Saturday, but the origins remain unknown.

Many have been taking to social media to post the destruction the fire has left in areas and the conditions in highly affected areas, such as Mormon Emigrant Trail.

The fire has led to the emergency closure of the El Dorado National Forest through the end of September.


NASA Earth@NASAEarth
Aug 13
Fires in #Greece have consumed five times as much land as they do in an average year.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148682/
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member


Updated: Aug. 21, 2021 7:37 p.m. Front Snip:
UPDATE Aug. 21 7:31 p.m. The Caldor Fire has grown to 90,107 acres and remains at zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire's update on Saturday evening.

Aug. 21 4:20 p.m. A spot fire was reportedly seen on the north side of Highway 50 near Kyburz, according to KCRA 3.

A 46-mile stretch of California's Highway 50 remained closed Saturday morning as high winds are expected to pick up this afternoon and could push the 82,000-acre Caldor Fire northeast of the main roadway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

The closure is in both directions impacting the section through El Dorado County, running between Sly Park Road and the Highway 50/89 roundabout in Meyers, officials said.

Highway 50 will remain shut down to traffic in both directions until at least Monday, Caltrans District 3 said.

For updates, visit the Caltrans Twitter account.

Evacuations remained in effect in El Dorado County and pushed farther into the neighboring Amador County, inching closer to South Lake Tahoe.

The coastal marine layer pushed all the way into the Sacramento Valley Saturday morning, bringing down temperatures and carrying moisture into the region, the National Weather Service said. While the cloud cover didn't stretch all the way into the Sierra Foothills where the Caldor Fire has been burning for a week, the region will benefit.

Weather service forecaster Craig Shoemaker said relative humidity levels over the fire have ranged from 10% to 15% in recent days and today levels are likely to range from 25% to 30%.

That's the good news. There's also some bad news. Winds were light Saturday morning, ranging from 5 mph to 10 mph, but Saturday afternoon, especially between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Shoemaker said they will pick up with gusts up to 40 mph. The forecast winds led the weather service to issue a red flag warning for the central part of El Dorado County Saturday.


GRIZZLY FLATS (CBS13) — Detectives are searching for a man who was evacuated from the Grizzly Flats area due to the Caldor Fire and has not been seen or heard from since Wednesday, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.

Marvin Hardy Creel, 57, attempted to call a family member just before noon that day but had poor reception, leaving the pair unable to speak to each other.

READ MORE: Red Flag Warning Conditions Create Challenges in Caldor Firefight

Detectives said friends and family repeatedly tried to call Creel back but got no answer. He was driving a Dodge pickup truck that was later found by deputies abandoned in the Grizzly Flat area.

READ MORE: Caldor Fire Update: Flames Jump Highway 50, Nears 100K Acres Burned

Creel is a white man with blond hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet six inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Detectives say he may be wearing eyeglasses.

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MORE NEWS: Arrest Made In Connection To Yuba City Storage Unit Burglaries

Anyone with information on Creel’s whereabouts is asked to contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Video / 02:35
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — From the recall debates to the Assembly and Senate floors, the number of acres recently treated to prevent wildfires has become a political hot button heading into the recall.

A year ago this month, the governor, the US Forest Service and other stakeholders signed an agreement committing to treat a combined million acres of forest land each year by 2025.

This built on the state’s existing commitment under former Governor Jerry Brown to treat 500,000 acres a year by adding 500,000 acres of federal land.

However, in the year since it was signed, it appears neither the state nor the feds treated a half-million acres—and it’s not clear if anyone actually knows how many were treated.

“We’ve actually been able to treat well over the goal that we were trying to get at, which was sixty thousand acres a year,” said Cal Fire Chief Daniel Berlant. But, he notes, Cal Fire is only responsible for a portion of the half-million acres of state land.

Under the agreement, he says the rest of the state land is supposed to be treated by other state agencies, parks, conservancies and private landowners—including timber companies.

But who’s keeping track of who’s making sure that they’re doing the job? Berlant says the governor’s Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Task Force is in charge.

“A lot of people and a lot of agencies are working towards fuel reduction efforts,” Berlant said. “And how we get our arms wrapped around how much everybody is doing is an important task.”

Right now, it’s not clear how many state acres were actually treated since the million-acre-per-year agreement was signed.

The US Forest Service tells us they’ve treated over 300,000 acres of federal land over the past two years—212,000 acres in 2020, and 110,000 acres so far in 2021.

Cal Fire reports treating more than 84,699 acres of state land between June 2020 and June 2021. They expect that number to increase as more reporting comes in.

But the task force could not tell us how many state acres were treated by others as their still trying to reconcile records from multiple state agencies and other stakeholders.

Pending legislation would require the governor’s task force to “track and ensure the achievement” of the goals. But in the meantime, the exact progress is unclear. Berlant says it’s safe to say the state has not met the 500,000-acre-per-year goal yet. Though, notably, they have until 2025.

“While we are definitely are making good strides and we’ve increased the pace and scale, we still have some work to go over the next couple of years,” Berlant said.

So, could any of the fires we’ve seen this season have been prevented if the state and the feds had met the million-acre goal this past year?

“If our forests were healthier, if they were in better shape, if they were thinned out, we absolutely would have a greater chance of being able to stop the fires,” Berlant said.

He says the Caldor Fire has now burned up to the border of one project area. However, the area where the fire ignited was not part of the project.
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member



Front Snip Video August 23, 2021 at 10:45 pm
EL DORADO NATIONAL FOREST (CBS SF) — The Caldor Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada has become the top firefighting priority in the nation and the Cal Fire chief Monday afternoon acknowledged the possible threat to the Lake Tahoe area.


The wildfire has burned 114,166 acres, or nearly 178 square miles, in the El Dorado National Forest since it began on August 14 East of Omo Ranch and south of the community of Grizzly Flats. Containment was reported at nine percent as of Monday night.

Cal Fire Thom Porter told reporters at a Monday press conference the Caldor Fire is getting top priority in the allocation of firefighting resources because of its proximity to Tahoe.

“It is that important,” he said. “It is knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe basin. We have all efforts in place to keep it out of the basin, but we do also need to be aware that that is a possibility based on the way the fires have been burning.”

Chief Clive Savacool with the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department said crews were working with Tahoe officials to come up with backup plans, just in case the flames move further east.

“The evacuation warnings aren’t into the Tahoe Basin yet, they are not into South Lake Tahoe, we don’t want to have anybody panic, we just want to be able to keep up to date with constant information, accurate information from reliable sources,” said Chief Savacool.


Firefighters battle flames during the Caldor Fire in Kyburz, California, U.S., on
Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. (David Odisho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


After a week of zero containment, fire officials reported five percent containment Monday and more containment is expected especially along the southern edge of the fire throughout the day.

At a California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services news conference Monday afternoon, officials announced that two Galt police officers were severely hurt in a head-on collision early Sunday morning along Highway 99 as they headed to help in Caldor Fire. Two other civilians were injured in the fire last week.

Washoe County AQMD@WashoeCountyAQ 7:21 PM · Aug 24, 2021
To get an idea of what Reno/Sparks looks like right now compared to one of the cleaner days in the last month. Left is the current view from @NWSReno's webcam (AirNow NowCast AQI of 289) w/ #CaldorFire smoke Right was on 7/20/21 (AirNow NowCast AQI of 58) w/ #TamarackFire smoke

 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member



Two new fire's erupt in California. The #AirolaFire, and the #Bennett Fire, in Grass Valley.


August 25, 2021 at 11:22 pm Video / Teaser snip:
GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) — Plumes of smoke 200 feet high, airdrops from above and hand crews on the ground brought an aggressive approach to a fast-moving fire in Grass Valley.

“It was a wall of flame. It actually started out as a size of a car and it was a wall of flame in a matter of seconds,” explained resident Larry Huntington.

Huntington lives on the property of the Bennett Industrial Park Trailer storage facility. He was in his trailer when the Bennett Fire started and tried to fight the flames with his own water truck.

“Panic starts setting in. I couldn’t see. It was white and dark smoke, trees erupting,” he explained.

Officials issued evacuations for 4,269 people and shelter in place orders for an additional 2,709 residents. Shelter-in-place orders were for some facilities directly in the line of the fire, including assisted living facilities Atria and Crystal Ridge Care Center. Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital was also placed under a shelter-in-place order.
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member


Caldor Fire Smoke Outlook for 8/27/21

Bill Gabbert Posted on August 26, 2021 Snip:
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MAFFS 8 at Sacramento McClellan Airport August 8, 2021. Photo by Mike McKeig.

It looked like it was not going to happen, but the eighth military C-130 Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) has been activated. On August 9 five were working. The last three were added (approximate dates) on August 10 (Colorado Air Force Reserve), August 23 (Wyoming Air National Guard), and August 26 (California Air National Guard).

For now they are all based at Sacramento McClellan Airport. It is the first time all eight aircraft in the MAFFS program have been activated since a series of large wildfires in Colorado in 2012.

Only eight MAFFS roll-in systems exist in the United States. They can enable an only slightly modified military C-130 to spray up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant using equipment powered by compressed air. Their role is to assist with fighting wildland fires when needed to supplement the privately owned large air tankers under contract to the federal government.

Skipping Down:

The issue of a shortage of air tankers came up when President Biden met virtually with the Western Governors July 30 to talk about the wildfire situation. Several of them asked the President for aerial assets, firefighters, help in obtaining aviation fuel, and aggressive initial attack. California Governor Gavin Newsom was adamant about needing more air tankers.

“We have four DC-10s, Mr. President, four,” Governor Newsom said. “Now, DC-10s aren’t the answer to every problem …They have restrictions; there are legendary restrictions. But the reality is there is four for the country, and we’re competing. They’re all contracted. We compete with you. We compete with other states. We don’t even have access right now to DC-10s. We lost that 747 — that iconic 747 — that now has been converted to a cargo plane.”

California had the 747 on a CWN contract when the company went out of business. If they had activated it, the aircraft would be flying fires today.

On July 14 the National Interagency Fire Center upgraded the Preparedness Level to 5, which was the earliest date in 10 years. Today 15 Type 2 Incident Management Teams and all but two of the available Type 1 Incident Management Teams are committed. An Area Command Team has been activated, something that rarely happens, and nearly 27,000 personnel are assigned to wildfires. The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) decreed on July 18 that all requests for Area Command, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO), Type 1, and Type 2 IMTs must be approved by them, an action that has not occurred in recent memory. There are 76 large uncontained fires being fully suppressed in the United States, and another 31 are being managed rather than suppressed

California Wildfires: Caldor Fire Thursday night update
Aug 28, 2021
As more evacuation orders are issued, the Caldor Fire approaches closer to South Lake Tahoe while firefighters combat the flames.
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Another shot of the spectacular Firenado at the #ChaparralFire. One gets a better idea of its size girth and volume.


6h ago
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Caldor Fire growth slowed on Saturday due to calm winds and officials are “attacking it with everything they have” to keep flames away from the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The fire expanded by less than 3,000 acres on Saturday and burned another 4,000 overnight as the inversion layer lifted and winds became more active. The fire has burned 156,515 acres as of Sunday morning. Containment remains at 19%, but there is no containment on the eastern edge as flames chew through dry timber and steep, rugged terrain and is within about 5 or 6 miles of Meyers and 7-8 miles away from South Lake Tahoe, according to officials on Saturday.

What winds the fire itself created spit embers out in front of the blaze causing firefighters to chase down spot fires.

Operation Section Chief Cody Bogan said near U.S. Highway 50 firefighters are working on primary lines and patrolling. On the northside of US 50 near Kyburz firefighters are working on dozer lines to bring the fire back down to the highway.

“In Division Juliet troops are in a firefight right now, as we speak,” Bogan said Saturday evening.

Division J is on the eastern flank.

Firefighters will have part of Sunday to further suppress the blaze before strong winds return to the area.

The National Weather Service on Sunday morning issued a red flag warning for gusty winds and low humidity that goes into effect at 2 p.m. Monday and last through Tuesday evening.

The Tribune incorrectly said the service issued a warning on Saturday when it was just a fire weather watch. But a day later, the warning for critical fire danger was issued.

Winds are expected to come from the southwest at about 15-20 mph which would further push the fire towards Tahoe. Higher gusts of about 35 mph are expected over exposed terrain and up to 50 mph for ridgetops.

Winds are expected to reach up to 15 mph on Sunday.

Officials reported that a third fire responder has suffered injuries in the fight to suppress the blaze.

A Galt police officer lost his life in a car crash responding to the incident a couple of days ago which could be considered a fourth injury.

Overall, 18,347 structures are threatened, 471 single residences have been destroyed, 39 structures damaged, 11 commercial properties have been lost and another 170 minor structures have been burned

The amount of personnel on the fire continues to grow with 3,352 battling the blaze from the ground and air, including 306 engines, 78 water tenders, 25 helicopters, 74 hand crews and 76 dozers.

Even more resources are expected to arrive soon from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Forest Service announced Saturday.

The DoD is sending 200 U.S. Army soldiers from Washington state and equipment including eight U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft to help firefighters in Northern California. The soldiers are expected to arrive in California in early September after a week-long training. The C-130s have been converted into air tankers that can dump thousands of gallons of water on the flames.

Officials have tenuously set Sept. 8 as the full containment date.

“We’re attacking it with everything we have,” said one of Cal Fire’s incident commanders, Dusty Martin, during Saturday evening’s briefing.

The fire has blanketed the basin in a toxic layer of smoke for the past several days, although conditions were somewhat improved on Saturday, but ash continued to fall from the sky.





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