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Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:28:22

(again, mods, if such a thread has already been started, please merge...are we losing some threads around here?)

“Wildfires are not at all common in northern California during mid-winter, when vegetation is normally very moist. But recent record warmth and prolonged dry spell have dried fuels to near/below record low levels for Feb.

#CAwx #CAfire ”

https://twitter.com/Weather_West/status ... 4959519744
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 15 Apr 2018, 12:53:45

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... downgraded


Sydney bushfire: 'ferocious' blaze threatens homes as RFS confirms damage


Strong winds push flames towards suburban streets as firefighting and reconnaissance aircraft join operation


“We are seeing the fire behave very aggressively,” Fitzsimmons said
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 30 Apr 2018, 10:08:03

(This is actually about a fire from last year, but it seems weird to resurrect last year's thread for this one story, if it's even still unlocked.)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.4635569

B.C. wildfires triggered mega thunderstorm with volcano-like effects
‘This was the most significant fire-driven thunderstorm event in history,’ meteorologist says

The only real comparison for what happened in B.C. on Aug. 12, 2017, would be a volcanic eruption.

On that day, in the midst of the province’s record-breaking wildfire season, the heat from four fires triggered huge thunderstorms that sent smoke soaring into the stratosphere, eventually spreading through the entire Northern Hemisphere.

It was the biggest so-called pyrocumulonimbus event ever observed, according to David Peterson, a meteorologist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif.



Wildfire forecasts predict hot, dry conditions in B.C. this year
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Tue 01 May 2018, 21:20:49

Worsening Prairie Fires: Exceptional Central Heat and Drought Spurs More Oklahoma Blazes

https://robertscribbler.com/2018/05/01/ ... ma-blazes/

Today, as with many recent days, Oklahoma is experiencing hot, dry, critical fire hazard conditions. And over the past month, historically exceptional drought and hotter than normal weather have spurred a spate of very severe and seemingly unrelenting wildfires across the state...

...Though spring wildfires do occur across Oklahoma and parts of the plains states, the trend has been for an increasing large fire incidence. This trend, in turn, has been driven by human-caused climate change. For as the U.S. has warmed, the rate of evaporation from soils, vegetation and lakes has increased. This higher rate of moisture loss both intensifies drought and spikes fire risk.

Warming and worsening drought has been a particularly acute set of affairs for Central and Western states.

The number of weeks when large fires are a risk has increased from 50 to 600 percent for most of these regions.

In other words, if it seems like there are more large fires, it’s because there are. And what we see now are spring prairie fires that are far more intense than they were in the past.
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Sat 02 Jun 2018, 11:25:20

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1IY054

Raging wildfire forces New Mexico village to evacuate

A wildfire, stoked by low humidity and high temperatures, raged on Saturday in northern New Mexico, forcing residents in a remote community to flee their homes, fire officials said.

The so-called Ute Park Fire in Colfax County, New Mexico was zero percent contained after it doubled in size to more than 16,000 acres on Friday near Cimarron, a town of about 1,100 people


More here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/02/us/wildf ... index.html
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Re: Wildfires 2018

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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby jedrider » Mon 04 Jun 2018, 00:20:30

dohboi wrote:https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/03/us/west-coast-wildfires/index.html
California is also ablaze!


This is NOT normal or, at least, it didn't use to be normal. I am planning an annual camping trip to the same spot I've been going to for 20 years now. It's a little disconcerting that I think I need to learn the roads well now as I understand that there are only two access roads and I am only familiar with one. The rest is forest and there is already one fire burning there according to the CalFire map. When I visited Napa valley late last year, right before their big fires, it was clear that vegetation was extremely dry. I think the West has a fire problem that's not going away. I've found this following article on surviving a forest fire:

Survival strategies to help you escape a forest fire
https://scoutingmagazine.org/2016/04/survival-strategies-help-escape-forest-fire/

Fortunately, there's a lake there.
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 04 Jun 2018, 15:00:14

Thanks for some on-the-ground perspective on these. Is anyone else in the area having to plan around these fires and potential fires?

Meanwhile:

Wildfires Erupt in the Southwest U.S.
https://weatheroptics.net/wildfires-eru ... southwest/

Los Angeles, California, June 3: “As of noon, Acton has already soared to 98 degrees with RH of 8%. Elevated fire weather concerns across interior sections today due to hot and dry conditions coupled with gusty onshore winds. #LAWeather #cawx #LAheat #Socal”
https://mobile.twitter.com/NWSLosAngele ... 9584300032

"The combination of deepening #drought and the carryover of fine fuels from 2017 is expected to lead to a continuance of Above Normal Significant Large Fire Potential across western portions of the Four Corners Region and Southern #California during June" (link: http://bit.ly/2mu6g6I )
https://twitter.com/EdJoyce/status/1003357194388045825
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby jedrider » Tue 05 Jun 2018, 13:44:39

I forgot to add that I think the wind kicks up much more frequently now and for longer periods. It's like an instability of a climate system fighting itself. I wonder how this is explained meterologically?

Well, my first search has yielded this, which is interesting in that this has been a predictable response:

"What we think is going on is that land temperatures are increasing at a faster rate than the ocean temperatures, and this thermal gradient between the land and the ocean is driving increased winds," Snyder said.


https://news.ucsc.edu/2008/12/2644.html
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 10 Jun 2018, 23:18:23

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1J60W9

Colorado wildfire doubles in size, thousands evacuated

This article has a map:

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/l ... ooperating
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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby dohboi » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 20:54:19

416 Firefighters celebrating the coming of rain near Durango:

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Re: Wildfires 2018

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sat 16 Jun 2018, 21:39:44

There are two fires burning here in central Alaska that are both bigger then the Colorado fire.

crews-working-two-large-wildfires-south-of-manley-hot-springs

The smoke was almost unbearable for a while, so I went and camped in Denali National Park for 3 days, and now that I'm back the wind has shifted and the smoke isn't so bad now..........
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