DeSantis issues state of emergency in Bay County; wildfires burn more than 1,400 acres, FEMA says
The governor issued Executive Order 22-54 to declare a state of emergency in Bay County after the wildfires engulfed eight homes and led to the evacuation of thousands more, with weather conditions expected to maintain a moderate drought in the area for at least the next three days, according to the order.
High fire danger, dangerous ocean conditions continue Saturday
The wind will continue to be gusty Saturday which will help fuel an elevated wildfire risk. Any fires that start will spread easily. The breeze off of the ocean will help to create a few stray showers, mainly along the coast, but most of Central Florida will be dry with a mix of clouds and sun.
100″ of snow in a week: Atmospheric river bringing rounds of heavy snow to Sierra Nevada mountains
A series of storms will ride down the West Coast of the U.S. bringing lower elevation rain and heavy mountain snow to California. An atmospheric river (narrow green stripe) will set up on the West Coast of the U.S. by the middle of the week producing heavy rain and mountain snow for much of California. An atmospheric river is a narrow flowing column of moisture responsible for producing significant rain and/or snow. These are most common along the West Coast of the U.S. with developing Pacific storms. West Coast StormAn upper-level low sliding down the California coast will induce the atmospheric river allowing for continuous heavy rain and snow for days.
Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West
Researchers say smoke from wildfires accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)BILLINGS, Mont. – Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Nationwide, wildfires were the source of up to 25% of small particle pollution in some years, the researchers said. But it’s difficult to separate how much of the increase in smoke pollution is driven by climate change versus the forest fuel buildup, she added. The new study matches up with previous research documenting the increasing proportion of pollution that comes from wildfire smoke, said Dan Jaffe, a wildfire pollution expert at the University of Washington.
2020 could be a record-setting year for costliest natural disasters
By the end of September, the United States had been hit with a total of 16 natural disasters that have each caused over $1 billion worth of damage. 2020 top three costliest weather events:Hurricane Laura: $14 billion Midwest severe weather derecho: $7.5 billion Hurricane Isaias: $4.5 billionSo far, the United States has seen over $46 billion worth of damage from these natural disasters. There has been a mention that Delta could be added to the list of billion-dollar weather events in the upcoming weeks. Trend Showing the Billion-Dollar Disaster Events in the past 20 yearsIn the past 20 years, there has been a steady upward trend in these damaging weather events. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, 2020 is the sixth consecutive year in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events have impacted the United States.
Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor
The fire grew by nearly 20,000 acres to 142 square miles (368 square kilometers). The name of the firefighter killed in the nearby El Dorado Fire was being withheld until family members are notified. More than 7,900 wildfires have burned more than 5,468 square miles (14,164 square kilometers) in California this year, including many since a mid-August barrage of dry lightning ignited parched vegetation. The El Dorado Fire has burned more than 34 square miles (89 square kilometers) and was 59% contained, with 10 buildings destroyed and six damaged. ___Associated Press writer John Antczak in Los Angeles and Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco contributed to this report.
Battle on to save Brazil's tropical wetlands from flames
An recently burned area at the Encontro das Aguas park at the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Wildfire has infiltrated the park as the number of fires at the world's biggest tropical wetlands has more than doubled in the first half of 2020, according to data released by a state institute. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BRASILIA – A vast swath of a vital wetlands is burning in Brazil, sweeping across several national parks and obscuring the sun behind dense smoke. From January through August, the number of fires more than tripled, topping 10,000. On Friday, Brazil's navy used a helicopter to rescue a burned jaguar cub and take it to a veterinary hospital.
Out-of-control wildfires continue to rage out west
ORLANDO, Fla. A record-breaking heat wave and drought are fueling a historic wildfire season out west. A map of all of the large fires burning out west. August Complex: 421,899 acres burned (Current - 24% contained)*3. SCU Lightning Complex: 396,624 acres burned (Current - 96% contained)*4 LNU Lightning Complex: 363,220 acres burned (Current - 92% contained)5. The peak of the western wildfire season runs until October.
California wildfire traps campers in national forest
Chiu)SHAVER LAKE, Calif. Three fast-spreading California wildfires sent people fleeing Saturday, with one trapping campers at a reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, as a brutal heat wave pushed temperatures into triple digits in many parts of state. The wildfire burning near Shaver Lake exploded to 56 square miles (145 square kilometers), jumped a river and compromised the only road into the Mammoth Pool Campground, national forest spokesman Dan Tune said. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the fire scorched at least 1.5 square miles (3.9 square kilometers) and was burning at a moderate to dangerous rate of spread. A small community south of Alpine in the Cleveland National Forest was ordered to evacuate. The blazes have burned more than 1.5 million acres (2,343 square miles).
Crews work to contain wildfire apparently caused by lightning, officials say
MARION COUNTY, Fla. Crews worked to contain a wildfire apparently caused by lightning, according to the Florida Forest Service. Officials said crews from the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the wildfire near the intersection of State Road 41 and County Road 328. Smoky conditions may occur in the area, especially during the overnight and early-morning hours, according to the Florida Forest Service. The five-acre wildfire was 100% contained as of Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Wildfires rage in Florida Panhandle; 500 evacuated
The 2,000-acre (809-hectare) fire in Santa Rosa County, located just east of Pensacola, prompted the evacuation of 1,100 homes Wednesday. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that fire officials are working around the clock to contain the wildfires. Rich Aloy, with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, was patrolling Wednesday when he and other deputies rescued an older couple trapped by a burning power line. The Santa Rosa County fire began Monday when a prescribed burn by a private contractor got out of control, Fried said. In neighboring Walton County, a 575-acre (233-hectare) fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate.
I-4 reopens in Volusia County after wildfire shut down interstate
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A wildfire in Volusia County caused officials to shut down all lanes of I-4 near mile marker 123 on Saturday. WILDFIRE ALERT: @FLForestService is responding to a 180-acre wildfire in Volusia County. The Florida Forest Service deployed five dozer plow units, three overhead units, and a helicopter to battle the blaze, officials said. Personnel with Volusia County Fire Rescue and the Seminole County Fire Department also responded to the fire. We thank our brave Forest Service firefighters for working swiftly to control this wildfire.”
Smoke from 4,000 acre wildfire in Merritt Island can be seen from space
ORLANDO, Fla- – Smoke from a now-contained wildfire at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge could be seen through Orange and Brevard counties and from space. According to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the fire began Wednesday afternoon. As of noon Thursday morning, the Brevard Emergency Management reported that the fire had been contained. 11/21/19|11:30AM: The smoke in N Brevard is from a 4000-acre wildfire (now contained) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge #KSC — Brevard EOC (@BrevardEOC) November 21, 2019The fire was so large the smoke plume is being picked up on Doppler radar. With a wind blowing in from the east, smoke will continue to move inland.