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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #950 on: September 14, 2019, 01:24:09 PM »
Death Toll Rises as Millions in Indonesia Suffer from Raging Forest Fires https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/death-toll-rises-as-millions-in-indonesia-suffer-from-raging-11902862

... According to the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency, more than 285,000ha of land have been burned since the dry season began in June.

On Friday morning, a total of 3,673 hotspots were detected across three provinces in Sumatra and three provinces in the Indonesian part of Borneo, compared to 1,092 hotspots detected in mid-August.

The forest fires have caused several Indonesian cities to be blanketed by thick smog. Neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia were not spared either.


Fires & Haze over Indonesia

On Friday afternoon, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore topped the list of major cities with the worst air quality according to Swiss-based group AirVisual.

In Singapore, the AQI ranged between 156 and 160. AQI measures the concentration of six major pollutants in the air.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, an AQI of 580 was recorded on Friday afternoon, a level which is considered “hazardous”, meaning that the air is deemed toxic and poses serious risk to the heart and lungs.

The haze was so thick in the city that visibility dropped to as low as 300 metres.

... This year’s forest fires are the worst since the 2015 haze crisis, when smog from forest fires in Indonesia reached as far as Hanoi and Phnom Penh.

Scientists had estimated that the 2015 fires released CO2 emissions comparable to Japan or India's annual fossil fuel emissions, exposed more than 69 million people to unhealthy air, and cost more than US$16 billion in damages.
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #951 on: September 14, 2019, 02:34:59 PM »
Australia

After fires tore through parts of Queensland in an earlier-than-expected bushfire season, emergency services are warning of the growing threat to suburban backyards as the weather gets hotter and drier.

Queensland's early bushfire season prompts call for emergency plans in suburbia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-14/queensland-bushfire-season-early-emergency-plan/11502320
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #952 on: September 16, 2019, 06:07:56 PM »
Amazon fish species at risk if fires destroy river habitat
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/amazon-fires-brazil-threaten-fish/
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The fires burning through the Brazilian Amazon are a threat to the fish that rely on forest flooding to survive, raising fears the fish will be lost.
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #953 on: September 18, 2019, 07:53:19 PM »
Lax law enforcement causing Indonesia's forest fires: Greenpeace
https://www.dw.com/en/lax-law-enforcement-causing-indonesias-forest-fires-greenpeace/a-50460060
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According to data released by the Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management (BNPB), 3287.4 square kilometers of forest and land was burned across Indonesia between January and August 2019. Smoke from the fires also gave rise to toxic smog in Malaysia and Singapore.

DW spoke to Greenpeace Indonesia's Forest Campaigner Rusmadya Maharuddin about the reasons behind the calamity.

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Heart of the Burning Amazon
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/amazon-burning-bolsonaro-novo-progresso-deforestation-885114/
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Inside the battle for the forest's future — and ours — as Brazilian ranchers and farmers vow to protect their way of life at any cost
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« Reply #954 on: September 21, 2019, 12:37:03 AM »
Defending Your Home from a Raging Wildfire
https://www.outsideonline.com/2402319/protect-home-wildfire
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The 2018 Carr Fire was one of the worst wildfires in California history. By the time it was contained, it had burned 359 square miles, destroyed close to 2,000 buildings, and killed seven people. It also spawned a massive fire tornado—only the second ever recorded. Meteorologists examining the damage afterward estimated that the vortex had generated winds of up to 165 miles per hour. When a blaze like that is coming your way, the only sane thing to do is run for your life. But Gary and Lori Lyon did the opposite, staying to defend their home. Outside contributor Stephanie Joyce has the story on why, in an era of increasingly intense fires, someone would dare to stand and fight an inferno.
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« Reply #955 on: September 23, 2019, 03:56:09 PM »
Hundreds Of Cameras Will Be Watching For Wildfires In California, Nevada This Fire Season
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As fall approaches, bringing strong winds to California’s dry landscape, a coalition of universities, public safety agencies and utility companies is building a network of cameras in high fire risk areas like the foothills, coastal mountains and the rangelands of Nevada.
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“In the old days, a few years ago, it was basically a guess,” Kent said. “You might have a lookout tower with somebody who’s experienced with binoculars. But that was always a conversation, they could never see it.”

But now, command staff can see a developing fire for themselves and even watch a timelapse video of its behavior, so they get a better sense of what resources they need to send, whether it’s ground crews, fire engines or air tankers. ...
https://www.ijpr.org/post/hundreds-cameras-will-be-watching-wildfires-california-nevada-fire-season
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #956 on: September 24, 2019, 08:46:09 PM »
1967 Black Tuesday fires that destroyed Hobart 'will happen again', experts warn
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-23/experts-warn-fire-threat-to-hobart-is-imminent/11531494
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"Every firefighter and fire expert I speak to says it's not a question of if we get a big fire, it's when," Cr Reynolds, Hobart's Lord Mayor, says.

"And a lot of them are increasingly nervous that when is going to be very soon."

Her council will spend $1.9 million on bushfire preparations this year. The money will go to fire-trail management, hazard reduction burns and firebreaks.

"It's absolutely the number-one risk to Hobart. We've always been a dry city. But with climate change it's becoming a tinderbox city," she says.
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« Reply #957 on: October 06, 2019, 02:22:05 PM »
Western U.S.:  Firefighters battle 6,000-acre blaze in Colorado
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Hundreds of firefighters in Colorado are battling a 6,000-acre wildfire that threatens communities near Salida, a city located 142 miles south of Denver.

Low humidity and wind gusts are causing problems for the 730 people working on the Decker Fire, according to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team's Facebook page.

Lightning started the fire September 8, the Incident Management Team said. A combination of low humidity and high winds have created significant potential for spotting, the team said. This threat lead to a pre-evacuation notice for Howard, Pine Ridge, Wellsville and Swissvale communities Friday afternoon.
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/10/05/us/decker-fire-colorado/index.html

On ‘Pivotal Day’ For Decker Fire, Several Colorado Towns Await Word On Evacuation
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Fremont County Sheriff Allen Cooper urged people to be prepared to evacuate in case the fire takes a turn for the worse. He said officials want to be sure residents have plenty of time to move their livestock.
“If we get into an evacuation plan, that is not the time to move your stock,” he said. “The time to move your stock is now.”
https://www.cpr.org/2019/10/05/decker-fire-colorado-evacuations/
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #958 on: October 07, 2019, 09:34:25 PM »
Extreme Fire Danger: PG&E Issues Unprecedented Power Shut-Off Watch for Much of Northern California
https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/amp/PG-E-issues-unprecedented-power-shutoff-watch-for-14498454.php

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. issued an unprecedented notification to potentially shut off power across much of Northern California — as many as 30 California counties including almost all of the Bay Area — on Wednesday and Thursday to prevent power lines and equipment from sparking wildfires.

... Winds are expected to be 20 mph to 30 mph in the mountains with gusts of at least 55 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph are expected in valleys.



... This is basically an earthquake kit situation without the earthquake, and will potentially affect millions of Californians between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
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« Reply #959 on: October 08, 2019, 10:35:45 PM »
PG&E Power Shut-Off: 257,000 Bay Area Customers on Alert; Outages Could Start at Midnight
https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/amp/PG-E-power-shut-off-257-000-Bay-Area-residents-14500945.php

Officials in Oakland and Contra Costa County said Tuesday that the shut-offs could begin as early as midnight Wednesday, four hours earlier than Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s initial estimate of 4 a.m. The outages could affect a total of 1.8 million people, Oakland officials said.

“We encourage you to find alternative energy sources for light, charging devices and other necessities,” official said. “Plan ahead with food and water, and make sure your grab-and-go emergency kits are ready.”

National Weather Service forecasters have issued red flag warnings for the East Bay and North Bay hills, as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains.



Update: PG&E has announced it will shut off power to more than 800,000 customers in an effort to prevent new wildfires, in the largest preventive outage in state history.

Pacific Gas & Electric utility said it will start turning off power to 34 counties in northern and central California after midnight Wednesday.

It may take several days to fully restore power, Michael Lewis, senior vice-president of PG&E’s electric operations, said in a statement.

Separately, the Southern California Edison utility website said more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.

The affected regions include an area of wine country north of San Francisco where several fires two years ago killed 22 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #960 on: October 09, 2019, 12:50:10 AM »
PG&E shut-offs: Could you lose power? Map of potential outages in the Bay Area, California
https://projects.sfchronicle.com/trackers/power-outages/
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #961 on: October 09, 2019, 01:39:24 AM »
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Dave Toussaint (@engineco16)  ;)10/8/19, 7:17 PM
The fire has hit Sweetwater Ridge Rd at the top of the ridge. So it's larger than the 3400+ acres I'm showing here.
#BriceburgFire @CALFIREMMU Several have asked where the Ferguson Fire is in relationship to this fire. The green line is the Ferguson.
https://twitter.com/engineco16/status/1181710276711706624

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Dave Toussaint (@engineco16) 10/8/19, 5:49 PM
#BriceburgFire  @CALFIREMMU The fire is capping out again and growing larger and larger by the minute. It's still moving in an ESE direction, but this evening the winds will shift to a more north wind.
https://twitter.com/engineco16/status/1181688180409372673

The red pin on the map below is Briceburg.
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« Reply #962 on: October 09, 2019, 06:07:19 PM »
Millions without power as PG&E shuts down grid amid critical fire danger - Los Angeles Times
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Based on the latest forecasts, the utility says it expects high winds will last through midday Thursday with peak winds reaching up to 70 mph from early Wednesday through Thursday morning. Once the fire weather subsides, PG&E will inspect and test the grid both with on-site crews and electronically before restoring service, a company official said.

It took the utility less than a day to restore power to customers during a three-county shutoff last weekend and another in September, the company said in a statement.

Assembly Republican leader Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) said PG&E’s announcement is a sign of how far the state has fallen behind in efforts to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

“This is the frustrating result of decades of forest mismanagement and aging energy infrastructure,” Waldron said. “These shutoffs highlight the need to invest in vegetation management, update our energy grid and help Californians harden their homes against wildfires.” ...
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-09/pg-e-cuts-power-across-northern-california-as-winds-bring-critical-fire-danger
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Re: Wildfires
« Reply #963 on: October 11, 2019, 10:25:06 AM »
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#BREAKING: The #SaddleridgeFire has completely consumed the 5 freeway in the #newhall pass... MAJOR FIRE EMERGENCY
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGk-IJPUcAErZWt.jpg:large

Attached is the infrared satellite view of SoCal as of 8:16Z. Just four hours ago it wasn't even visible.

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« Reply #964 on: October 11, 2019, 11:17:54 AM »
^^
Some bad ass fires in California tonight!
It'll be a little harder to put the blame on PG&E this year.
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« Reply #965 on: October 11, 2019, 01:06:03 PM »
Fires in California push south forcing evacuations around Los Angeles amid rolling power outages today
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Despite an unprecedented effort to prevent wildfires, at least three of them erupted in Southern California on Thursday fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. The fires quickly claimed more ground, destroying homes and by Friday morning at least 100,000 people had been forced to flee under mandatory evacuation orders around Los Angeles.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed evacuation orders after the high winds pushed the Saddleridge fire across two freeways and into communities. Most of the residents ordered out were in neighborhoods about 20 miles northwest of central Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said early Friday that the blaze had grown to 2,000 acres, and it was being battled by more than 400 firefighters, but it was still moving.
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“We have found multiple cases of damage or hazards" caused by heavy winds, including fallen branches that came in contact with overhead lines, said Sumeet Singh, a vice president for the utility. "If they were energized, they could've ignited."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fires-power-outages-today-wildfires-santa-ana-high-winds-evacuations-2019-10-11/
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« Reply #966 on: October 16, 2019, 12:33:51 AM »
BBC Video: Lebanon Battles Worst Wildfires in Decades
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-50063429/lebanon-battles-worst-wildfires-in-decades

Firefighters and specialist aircraft in Lebanon are working to tackle a series of wildfires which have broken out during a period of high temperatures and strong winds.

The blazes started in Lebanon's western mountains, but have spread to other areas. The initial cause is not known.

Officials said on Tuesday that more than 100 fires had broken out in the space of 24 hours.
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