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Aerial footage shows wildfires raging in the Australian state of Victoria        G        2 January 2020

 

 

 

 

Aerial footage shows wildfires raging in the Australian state of Victoria        Video        The Guardian        2 January 2020

 

The footage shows bushfires burning across a large area of forest

near the town of Buchan on Monday

and through a vast expanse near Wingan River a day earlier

YouTube

youtube.com/watch?v=NmyWqgBBhzY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California wildfires:

unprecedented 'extreme red flag warning' issued as blazes spread        G        31 October 2019

 

 

 

 

California wildfires: unprecedented 'extreme red flag warning' issued as blazes spread        Video        Guardian News        31 October 2019

 

Firefighters in California

have been battling wildfires across the state

as winds are expected to pick up again.

 

The Kincade fire in Sonoma county,

in the north of the US state,

had destroyed 124 homes and other structures

by Tuesday morning

and was threatening 90,000 structures.

 

Crews were also working to control a fire

near the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

that had prompted evacuations on Monday

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=-HaVAlN971k

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise lost: the town incinerated by California's deadliest wildfire        G        27 November 2018

 

 

 

 

Paradise lost: the town incinerated by California's deadliest wildfire        Video        G        27 November 2018

 

Paradise, California,

was a slice of heaven

for those who lived there

– until they lost everything

in California's worst wildfire.

 

The Camp fire wiped out the town,

killed at least 85 people,

and scorched 150,000 acres.

 

But in the face of a dark new reality,

shellshocked residents are displaying resilience

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=yoq80syzW0A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes        White House        5 August 2014

 

 

 

 

President Obama's Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren,

explains in less than three minutes

how the growing number of intense wildfires

are linked in part, to climate change.

 

Learn more at http://wh.gov/climate-change

 

YouTube > White House        5 August 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDsNq-rVplE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fire        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/
opinion/living-with-fire.html

 

 

 

 

megafire        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/
795169417/enormous-mega-fire-in-australia-engulfs-1-5-million-acres

 

 

 

 

AUS > conflagration        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/10/
yarra-valley-fires-australia 

 

 

 

 

blaze                USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/05/
635475707/wildfire-trauma-revisited

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/20/
572365832/as-winds-rise-once-more-firefighters-fear-flare-up-in-massive-thomas-blaze

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/31/
488135099/thousands-of-firefighters-battle-deadly-big-sur-blaze

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/07/01/us/
firefighter-map.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/us/07
wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

fast-moving blaze                USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/
us/firefighters-killed-in-yarnell-arizona-wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

devastating blazes        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/13/
557393274/california-blazes-are-part-of-a-larger-and-hotter-picture-fire-researchers-say

 

 

 

 

AUS > a wall of fire 30 feet high        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/10/
yarra-valley-fires-australia

 

 

 

 

sweep                USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/
us/california-wildfire-drives-thousands-from-homes.html

 

 

 

 

AUS / USA > rage        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/16/wildfires-colorado-
fears-drought-evacuations

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/09/australian-
wildfires-rage-fall-temperature

 

 

 

 

rage        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/09/
556672607/wildfires-rage-in-california-wine-country-forcing-evacuations

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/
us/wildfires-california.html

 

 

 

 

flare up        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/california-fire-san-bernardino-
blue-cut.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/nyregion/
upstate-new-york-gun-owners-cast-a-cold-eye-on-new-laws.html

 

 

 

 

cover        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/
california-fire-san-bernardino-blue-cut.html

 

 

 

 

AUS > flames        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/feb/07/australia-
fires?picture=342947493

 

 

 

 

flames        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/28/
435498442/cattle-ranchers-scramble-to-save-herds-
in-washington-state-s-okanogan-complex-fi

 

 

 

 

out of control        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/dec/08/
why-are-californias-wildfires-so-out-of-control-video-explainer

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/
california-wildfires.html

 

 

 

 

AUS > escape the flames        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/jan/09/
wildfires-australia-pictures

 

 

 

 

apocalypse        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/
opinion/climate-change-australia.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

home evacuations        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/25/
648093156/year-round-fire-season-means-always-living-evacuation-ready

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/us/
california-wildfire-drives-thousands-from-homes.html

 

 

 

 

evacuees        USA

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/01/
690822661/in-paradise-calif-rebuilding-after-the-wildfire-clean-up-isnt-guaranteed

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/04/
488637675/for-mont-fire-evacuees-forest-thinning-didnt-happen-soon-enough

 

 

 

 

quell the flames

 

 

 

 

emergency declaration        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/01/
428419024/wildfires-in-california-spur-emergency-declaration-1-firefighter-dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wildlifres        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/wildfires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2020 > AUS > Australian bushfires        UK / USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/bushfires

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/feb/18/
sifting-through-the-ashes-mallacoota-residents-after-the-bushfires-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/11/
counting-the-cost-of-australias-summer-of-dread

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/12/
794665203/australias-wildfires-are-releasing-vast-amounts-of-carbon-emissions

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/11/
795224932/with-their-land-in-flames-aboriginals-warn-fires-show-deep-problems-in-australia

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/
795218092/australias-wildfires-spark-disinformation-battle-as-they-take-a-tragic-toll

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/
795169417/enormous-mega-fire-in-australia-engulfs-1-5-million-acres

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/jan/10/
fire-in-the-sky-mallacootas-horrific-new-years-eve-through-the-eyes-of-a-local-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/jan/09/
its-unimaginable-the-australian-bushfires

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/06/
793931658/australia-wildfires-have-claimed-25-lives-and-will-burn-for-months-officials-say

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/03/
climate/australia-fires-air.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jan/03/
australia-nsw-fires-live-news-victoria-bushfires-rfs-tourist-leave-
zone-south-coast-cfa-traffic-near-roads-closed-sydney-melbourne-latest-updates

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/02/
793005940/bushfires-in-australia-may-get-even-worse-with-horrible-day-on-horizon

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2020/jan/02/
australia-fires-aerial-footage-wildfire-bushfire-victoria

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/jan/02/
conjola-park-fire-residents-assess-remains-after-bushfire-rages-through-in-pictures

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/01/
792853342/in-australia-wildfires-scenes-of-smoke-sparks-and-chaos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian wildfires        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/18/
nsw-bushfires-dynamic-dangerous-live

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/09/
australian-wildfires-rage-fall-temperature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

Bushfires in Victoria, Australia        USA        2009

 

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/02/
bushfires_in_victoria_australi.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada > wildfire        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/
science/global-warming-cited-as-wildfires-increase-in-fragile-boreal-forest.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/
world/americas/fort-mcmurray-fire-canada-oil-boom.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/
world/americas/inside-the-fort-mcmurray-fire-zone-a-haunting-journey.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/06/
477014138/in-photos-canadas-devastating-fort-mcmurray-wildfires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prevent wildfires

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/
792458505/california-cities-turn-to-hired-hooves-to-help-prevent-massive-wildfires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires        2019        UK / USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/
775377062/new-california-wildfires-grows-to-over-8-000-acres-overnight

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/
774773257/before-california-wildfire-devastates-farm-family-races-to-save-animals

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=-HaVAlN971k - G - 31 October 2019

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/31/
775107478/for-some-california-residents-latest-wildfires-are-a-tipping-point

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/27/
us/california-fires-photos.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/
climate/california-wildfires-climate-change.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/24/
773179114/kincade-fire-quickly-burns-10-000-acres-in-sonoma-county

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A store burns

as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, California.

 

Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

 

'It sounded evil':

inside the eerie moment California’s deadliest wildfire began

A store burns as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, California.

 

Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In an excerpt from their new book,

two Guardian journalists recount how a fierce blaze broke out

on a fall morning in 2018. It became the most lethal US wildfire in 100 years

G

Tue 5 May 2020    09.30 BST

Last modified on Tue 5 May 2020    09.31 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/05/
paradise-california-wildfire-book-extract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires > Camp fire        2018        UK / USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/05/
paradise-california-wildfire-book-extract

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/
business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-manslaughter.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/28/
790714449/objects-that-matter-memories-of-paradise

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/
746970746/water-uncertainty-frustrates-victims-of-californias-worst-wildfire

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/31/
magazine/paradise-camp-fire-california.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/29/
724407043/after-paradise-living-with-fire-means-redefining-resilience

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/
724404528/rethinking-disaster-recovery-after-a-california-town-is-leveled-by-wildfire

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/11/
721834022/6-months-after-paradise-burned-trauma-endures-for-kids-and-adults

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/
721057281/more-than-1-000-families-still-searching-for-homes-6-months-after-the-camp-fire

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/18/
694863105/tiny-homes-for-homeless-get-the-go-ahead-in-the-wake-of-californias-worst-wildfi

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/17/
695205917/their-home-survived-the-camp-fire-but-their-insurance-did-not

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/08/
692724203/residents-of-paradise-and-other-towns-destroyed-by-wildfire-must-wait-to-go-home

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/01/
690822661/in-paradise-calif-rebuilding-after-the-wildfire-clean-up-isnt-guaranteed

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/20/
last-day-in-paradise-california-deadliest-fire-untold-story-survivors

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/27/
671074763/88-dead-203-still-unaccounted-for-after-camp-fire-contained

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=yoq80syzW0A - video - G - 27 November 2018

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/nov/27/
the-perfect-fire-the-town-incinerated-by-californias-deadliest-blaze-video

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/17/
us/california-fires-paradise.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/17/
668742558/separated-by-fire-man-launches-wrenching-search-for-his-wife

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/17/
us/trump-california-fires.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/16/
668552010/more-than-600-people-now-missing-in-californias-deadliest-fire

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/
667905265/after-the-fire-the-town-of-paradise-lies-in-an-ashy-quiet

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/
667315613/californias-camp-fire-becomes-the-deadliest-in-state-history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires > Carr fire        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2018/aug/10/
california-carr-fire-damage-in-pictures-gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires > Holy Fire, Orange County, Calif.,         USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires > Mendocino Complex Fire, near Clearlake Oaks, Calif.        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/06/
635983535/photos-as-one-california-wildfire-ebbs-another-explodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfires    2018        UK / USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/25/
670631092/search-for-the-missing-in-california-wildfires-continues

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/25/
648093156/year-round-fire-season-means-always-living-evacuation-ready

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/29/
642955787/will-more-logging-save-western-forests-from-wildfires

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/08/29/
642380447/as-wildfires-rage-smoke-chokes-out-farmworkers-and-delays-some-crops

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/21/
640462703/researchers-study-prolonged-effects-of-wildfire-smoke-exposure

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/17/
639357265/politics-of-wildfires-biggest-battle-is-in-californias-capital

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/13/
638281141/firefighters-make-gains-against-california-fires

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/12/
wildfires-more-than-100-us-six-new-blazes-erupt

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/10/
us/california-fires.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2018/aug/10/
california-carr-fire-damage-in-pictures-gallery

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/09/
637230064/california-wildfires-set-off-big-political-fight-on-who-should-pay-for-damage

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/
opinion/wildfires-california-climate-change.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/07/
636458618/why-todays-wildfires-are-hotter-and-more-destructive

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/07/
636115519/western-fire-crews-get-an-assist-from-australia-and-new-zealand

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/05/
635475707/wildfire-trauma-revisited

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/
634831131/californias-gov-brown-wildfires-are-evidence-of-changing-climate-in-real-time

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/29/
633203732/when-the-weather-is-extreme-is-climate-change-to-blame

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/27/
632926502/californias-carr-fire-jumps-sacramento-river-reaching-outskirts-of-redding

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/07/
626869000/fires-across-california-force-evacuations-claim-homes-and-at-least-one-life

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/02/
625345630/wildfires-spread-in-northern-california

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/14/
618225625/looking-to-history-to-combat-wildfires

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/14/
619822157/wildfires-blaze-across-parts-of-southwest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfire > Thomas fire        USA        2017

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/12/
577647656/thomas-fire-californias-largest-on-record-is-now-100-percent-contained

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/23/
573125048/thomas-fire-is-now-californias-largest-wildfire-in-history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > wildfire        UK / USA        2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/04/
california-burning-life-among-the-wildfires-climate-change

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/24/
583950017/montana-wildfires-provide-a-wealth-of-data-on-health-effects-of-smoke-exposure

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/12/
577647656/thomas-fire-californias-largest-on-record-is-now-100-percent-contained

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/23/
573125048/thomas-fire-is-now-californias-largest-wildfire-in-history

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/20/
572365832/as-winds-rise-once-more-firefighters-fear-flare-up-in-massive-thomas-blaze

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/16/
571305448/residents-file-lawsuits-against-utilities-as-wildfires-continue

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/
570947872/firefighter-dies-in-california-wildfire-now-the-4th-largest-in-the-state-s-histo

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/09/
569631599/firefighters-gain-ground-on-socal-wildfires-even-as-winds-continue-to-vex

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/dec/08/
why-are-californias-wildfires-so-out-of-control-video-explainer

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/
us/california-fires-costs-calfire.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/07/
569044881/southern-california-braces-forecasters-say-even-stronger-winds-could-stoke-fires

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/
569096951/why-fires-are-becoming-californias-new-reality

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/06/
us/southern-california-wildfires.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/06/
568760424/california-wildfires-spread-spurred-on-by-strong-winds

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/06/
568857057/wildfires-exacerbate-chronic-homelessness-in-northern-california

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2017/dec/05/
wildfire-rages-in-southern-california-in-pictures

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/05/
568511145/wildfires-in-southern-california-force-thousands-to-evacuate

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/17/
558173605/amid-the-horrors-of-wildfire-a-tale-of-survival-and-singed-whiskers

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/
us/california-wildfires-victims.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/13/
557701660/california-fire-officials-begin-to-express-optimism-about-battling-wildfires

 

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/10/13/
at-least-21-dead-3500-structures-destroyed-in-northern-california-fires/#map

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/13/
557393274/california-blazes-are-part-of-a-larger-and-hotter-picture-fire-researchers-say

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/
557279053/more-flee-california-wine-country-as-deadly-wildfires-spread

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/11/
557070097/california-wildfires-blamed-for-17-deaths-high-winds-forecast-tonight

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/10/
556822426/public-calamity-as-california-wildfires-leave-apocalyptic-scenes-in-wine-country

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/
us/california-fires-evacuations.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/
us/santa-rosa-california-fire.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2017/oct/10/
northern-california-wildfires-in-pictures

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/09/
556672607/wildfires-rage-in-california-wine-country-forcing-evacuations

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/
us/wildfires-california.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/02/
548126785/l-a-area-wildfire-spurs-hundreds-of-evacuations-smoke-keeps-others-indoors

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/09/
536316047/large-wildfires-force-evacuations-in-central-california

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wildfire        USA        2016

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/30/
503857133/wildfires-still-burn-in-tennessee-as-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-4

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/29/
503712391/wildfire-tears-through-tennessee-as-region-suffers-exceptional-drought

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/23/
491093515/california-firefighters-contain-blue-cut-fire-grapple-with-other-blazes

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/california-fire-san-bernardino-
blue-cut.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/31/
488135099/thousands-of-firefighters-battle-deadly-big-sur-blaze

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/24/
487226207/two-major-california-wildfires-prompt-thousands-of-home-evacuations

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/21/
482952460/wildfires-and-high-temperatures-scorch-the-western-u-s

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/
100000004464448/wildfires-hit-home-in-arizona.html - 10 June 2016

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/27/
472078483/anderson-creek-fire-is-slowly-being-contained

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/us/record-wildfire-comes-to-kansas-
as-do-lifesaving-neighbors.html

 

 

 

 

wildfire        USA        2015

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/04/
453148830/proof-of-citizenship-up-in-flames-after-california-wildfires

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/us/
the-california-wildfires-an-escalating-crisis.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/
amid-california-wildfires-escapes-and-choices.html

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/09/14/us/
california-wildfires.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/
california-wildfires.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/13/
439981097/wildfires-rage-through-northern-california

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/28/
435552748/worsening-wildfire-seasons-are-taxing-the-forest-service

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/28/
435498442/cattle-ranchers-scramble-to-save-herds-in-washington-state-s-okanogan-complex-fi

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/26/
434821436/firefighters-get-the-upper-hand-in-washington-state-wildfire

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/24/
omak-washington-wildfires-state-of-emergency

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/us/
rocky-fire-in-california-defies-expectations-and-defenses.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/03/
429060962/california-wildfire-blazes-through-60-000-acres-containment-estimated-next-week

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/
dry-days-in-west-bring-ferocious-start-to-fire-season.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/01/
428419024/wildfires-in-california-spur-emergency-declaration-1-firefighter-dead

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/27/
426595377/beneath-alaskan-wildfires-a-hidden-threat-long-frozen-carbons-thaw

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/23/
425519562/wildfires-in-montana-california-scorch-thousands-of-acres-trigger-evacuations

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/18/
424079260/alaska-wildfires-could-smolder-on-for-months

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/15/us/california-
fire-season-drought.html

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/11/
421995880/wildfires-in-canada-and-alaska-drive-thousands-from-homes

 

 

 

 

massive wildfires > declare a state of emergency        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/13/
439981097/wildfires-rage-through-northern-california

 

 

 

 

wildfire        USA        2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/us/
king-fire-in-northern-california-spreads.htm

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=hDsNq-rVplE - WH - 5 August 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/us/
wildfires-in-washington-and-oregon-scorch-more-ground-in-2014.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/
california-wildfires-spread-across-hills-leveling-homes.html

 

 

 

 

wildfire        USA        2006-2007

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2007-09-15-san-bernardino_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2007-10-21-california-
wildfires_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-05-14-florida-
wildfire_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-05-11-
wildfires_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2006-07-30-oregon-
wildfires_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2006-06-04-
wildfire-gps_x.htm

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

Arizona wildfire rages on        USA        June 9, 2011

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/06/arizona
_wildfire_rages_on.html

 

 

 

 

raging wildfires        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/24/
omak-washington-wildfires-state-of-emergency

 

 

 

 

blaze        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-05-11-
wildfires_N.htm

 

 

 

 

tinderbox        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/us/
wildfires-in-washington-and-oregon-scorch-more-ground-in-2014.html

 

 

 

 

wildfires        USA        2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/us/
firefighters-killed-in-yarnell-arizona-wildfire.html

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/05/
wildfires_in_california.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/us/california-
wildfire-drives-thousands-from-homes.html

 

 

 

 

Wildfires ravage huge expanses of south-western US – in pictures        UK        1 June 2012

 

Wildfires have destroyed

a vast area

of the Gila National Forest

in New Mexico

and have raged out of control

in other parts of the south-west,

including Arizona, Nevada

and parts of California.

 

Super-sized

and highly destructive wildfires

have become

a regular occurrence in America,

especially in the south-west,

because of drought, climate change

and human interference

with the natural landscape.

 

Fires combined in New Mexico

to create the largest wildfire

in the state's history

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/jun/01/
wildfires-ravage-south-west-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

wildfires        USA        2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/us/
fast-moving-oklahoma-wildfires-force-evacuations.html

 

 

 

 

AUS > bushfires / bush fires / wildfires        UK        2009

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/20/australia-climatechange

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/feb/07/australia-fires?picture=342947493

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/09/australia-bushfires-inquiry-murder-charges

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/feb/07/australia-fires?picture=342910337

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/08/australia-naturaldisasters 

 

 

 

 

AUS > wall of fire        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/10/
yarra-valley-fires-australia 

 

 

 

 

flee

 

 

 

 

arson        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04fires.html

 

 

 

 

AUS > arsonist        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/09/australia-
bushfires-inquiry-murder-charges

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/10/australia-
bushfires-arson-psychology

 

 

 

 

fire season

 

 

 

 

the most destructive wildfire

in the history of Texas

— a 24-mile-long blaze

in Bastrop County

that has killed two people,

burned 34,356 acres

and destroyed 576 homes

so far.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/
us/07wildfire.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/08wildfire.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/us/07wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

wildfires        USA        2009

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/09/wildfires_in_southern_californ.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/us/01fires.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/may/07/
natural-disasters-usa?picture=347016790

 

 

 

 

wildfires        USA        2008

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2008/nov/16/
california-wildfires-pictures?picture=339727246

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2008-11-14-calif-wildfires_N.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/us/14fire.html

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/10/13/us/20081014FIRES_index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture > California wildfires        USA        2008

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/california_wildfires_yet_again.html

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/06/california_fires.html

 

 

 

 

The Los Angeles Times

Southern California fires / wildfires > Complete coverage        USA        2007

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-me-fireday2-sg-storygallery.html

 

 

 

 

Southern California fires / wildfires > California        USA        2007

https://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fire27oct27-story.html

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2007-10-24-fire_N.htm

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-firenumbers25oct25,0,93308.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire25oct25,0,6254607.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-arson25oct25,0,1196901.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-na-usfires25oct25,0,7974716.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-fi-noah25oct25,0,4485132.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hiker25oct25,0,7169863.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-firefighters25oct25,1,7415168.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-evacuation25oct25,1,7786516.story 

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fires25oct25,0,2708820.story

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/2007-10-23-wildfires-cover_N.htm

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-evacuate24oct24,0,627804.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-qualcomm24oct24,0,6849140.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-destruction24oct24,0,7625363.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ocburnover24oct24,0,7786287.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-oc1stperson24oct24,0,443958.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-survival24oct24,0,473773.story

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-fire-econ24oct24,0,1599298.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/columnists/la-fi-lazarus24oct24,0,3992187.column

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire24oct24,0,5795853.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-fire24oct24,1,2868978.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-tictoc24oct24,1,6844797.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-saved24oct24,1,1209821.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fires24oct24,0,2250066.story

https://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-fire23oct23-story.html 

https://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-scenes24oct24-story.html

 

 

 

 

Santa Ana winds

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/
us/california-fires-santa-ana-winds.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/09/
569631599/firefighters-gain-ground-on-socal-wildfires-even-as-winds-continue-to-vex

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/07/
569044881/southern-california-braces-forecasters-say-even-stronger-winds-could-stoke-fires
 

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire25oct25,0,6254607.story

 

 

 

 

gusts

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/09/
569631599/firefighters-gain-ground-on-socal-wildfires-even-as-winds-continue-to-vex

 

 

 

 

stoke

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/07/
569044881/southern-california-braces-forecasters-say-even-stronger-winds-could-stoke-fires

 

 

 

 

blaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

smoke        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/21/
640462703/researchers-study-prolonged-effects-of-wildfire-smoke-exposure

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/25/
585105923/when-wildfire-smoke-invades-who-should-pay-to-clean-indoor-air

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/24/
583950017/montana-wildfires-provide-a-wealth-of-data-on-health-effects-of-smoke-exposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

choke        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/03/
climate/australia-fires-air.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ignite        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

 

 

 

burn        USA

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/24/
773179114/kincade-fire-quickly-burns-10-000-acres-in-sonoma-county

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/30/
503857133/wildfires-still-burn-in-tennessee-as-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-4

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/
us/firefighters-killed-in-yarnell-arizona-wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

AUS > burn out of control        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/08/
australia-heatwave-wildfires-alert

 

 

 

 

spread        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/02/
625345630/wildfires-spread-in-northern-california

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/06/
us/southern-california-wildfires.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/
557279053/more-flee-california-wine-country-as-deadly-wildfires-spread

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/
us/california-wildfires-spread-across-hills-leveling-homes.html

 

 

 

 

engulf        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/
795169417/enormous-mega-fire-in-australia-engulfs-1-5-million-acres

 

 

 

 

ravage        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

 

 

 

destroy        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637404558/its-all-gonna-burn-as-holy-fire-rages-authorities-find-a-human-suspect

 

 

 

 

tear through N        USA

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/29/
503712391/wildfire-tears-through-tennessee-as-region-suffers-exceptional-drought

 

 

 

 

wrecked        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/
us/santa-rosa-california-fire.html

 

 

 

 

incinerated        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/
us/santa-rosa-california-fire.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An area lies scorched by a wildfire

near Mt. Pleasant, Utah on June 25.

 

Photograph:

Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via Associated Press

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

2012 Year in Pictures: Part II        December 19, 2012

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/12/2012_year_in_pictures_part_ii.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

embers        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/07/
793991736/australian-fires-prompt-questions-about-protecting-houses-from-embers

 

 

 

 

ash

 

 

 

 

left in ashes        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/world/americas/fort-mcmurray-fire-canada-
oil-boom.html

 

 

 

 

smoulder

 

 

 

 

smouldering

 

 

 

 

char        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/
us/wildfires-char-over-80000-acres-in-the-parched-south.html

 

 

 

 

charred

 

 

 

 

parched        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/
us/wildfires-char-over-80000-acres-in-the-parched-south.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/us/
06wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

scorch        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/12/
wildfires-more-than-100-us-six-new-blazes-erupt

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/06/
568760424/california-wildfires-spread-spurred-on-by-strong-winds

 

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482952460/wildfires-and-high-temperatures-scorch-the-western-u-s

 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/
us/california-fires-costs-calfire.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/
08wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/world/americas/
inside-the-fort-mcmurray-fire-zone-a-haunting-journey.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad News Is Now Official

for Scorched Texas Town

 

September 7, 2011
The New York Times
By MANNY FERNANDEZ

 

BASTROP, Tex. — It was one simple line of text, one out of 243: 112 South Buckhorn Drive. Bettye Porterfield found it on Wednesday as she ran her finger over a piece of paper taped to a window. She and her husband, Ken, had lived at that address for nearly nine years — they called it their little cottage in the pines — but now her home was gone. The list made it official.

Tears welled up in her eyes as she turned from the list attached to the windows of the Bastrop convention center. Her husband put his arm around her shoulders. The quilt his mother had made by hand, the Bible that had been in his family for generations, the coconut carved up like an owl that their daughter had given him — they lost all of it.

“When you see it in writing, it kind of makes it more real,” said Ken Porterfield, 73.

The scale of the disaster that has devastated this Central Texas town of 7,200 can be measured in absence. Texas Kiln Products, a lumber mill at the edge of Bastrop State Park, is gone, and so are 116 Nugget Lane and 256 Kelley Road and 112 Timberline Lane and 259 Cattlemens Drive and 101 North Mockingbird Lane. “It’s all surreal,” said Deborah Shelton, 63, whose husband and brother-in-law owned Texas Kiln Products, which specialized in native Texas woods. “Everybody’s saying that and it’s true. I feel like I’m watching this on a television show or a movie, because I haven’t actually touched the ground where the ashes are.”

On Wednesday, firefighters were able to beat back some of the flames of the most destructive wildfire in the history of Texas — a 24-mile-long blaze in Bastrop County that has killed two people, burned 34,356 acres and destroyed 576 homes since it started Sunday afternoon. But for many residents what should been the fourth day of the fire was really the first: County officials released a list of the houses that they have confirmed have been destroyed so far.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, the list — 12 sheets of paper taped into a large rectangle, with 243 addresses total — was posted on the glass entrance of the convention center, which has become an emergency command post. It was like a list of the dead that is often released at the scene of major disasters, except there were addresses and Zip codes instead of names and ages. People stood in front of the sheets of paper throughout the day, recognizing their own and their neighbors’ addresses. The pain was communal.

“This was our friend across the street,” said Mrs. Porterfield, 71, as she pointed at 109 South Buckhorn Drive, the address above theirs on the list.

Bastrop is a small-town everytown to the east of Austin with a Best Buy and a Main Street, a place both historic — its timber industry supplied Austin with lumber in the 1840s — as well as scenic. It bills itself as the “Home of the Lost Pines” with its pine-covered hills, large swaths of which are now blackened, and is home to an eclectic mix of ranchers, retirees, white-collar professionals and blue-collar workers. One of the two bodies discovered on Tuesday was identified by the authorities as that of Michael Troy Farr, 48, an electrician for the City of Austin who was found outside his residence in the nearby town of Smithville.

The fire has touched virtually everyone, and every thing. Public schools have shut their doors for the week. Hundreds of people have been sleeping overnight at emergency shelters, while other evacuees have rooms in local hotels or are staying with friends or relatives. The Hills Prairie Livestock Auction building became a kind of emergency shelter for evacuated horses and cattle. Since the wildfire began, ranchers seeking a safe haven for their animals have housed about 400 cows and 80 horses there.

Nearly 21,000 fires since last November have destroyed more than 1,500 homes throughout the state, according to the Texas Forest Service. The Bastrop fire has been the worst so far, and as of Wednesday evening, the forest service said, it was still only about 30 percent contained.

Residents were told it was still too dangerous to check on the condition of their homes, so before the list was posted, many of them had no idea if their houses had survived. Still others remain uncertain because their house was not among the 243 listed. The county’s top elected official, Judge Ronnie McDonald, said he expected the number of destroyed houses to double.

Emotions have been running high for residents unable to see the damage for themselves and frustrated by a lack of information. One woman was arrested by state troopers for disregarding a barricade to get to her property.

“It’s a tough time,” Judge McDonald said. “People are either anxious, nervous, upset — all the range of emotions. They lost personal belongings, memories, all those things. The main thing we have to focus on is safety. It’s tough telling someone they can’t get into their house.”

Bad News Is Now Official for Scorched Texas Town, NYT, 7.9.2011,
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/08wildfire.html

 

 

 

 

 

Death Toll

in Australian Bushfires

Climbs to 84

 

February 9, 2009

The New York Times

By MERAIAH FOLEY

 

SYDNEY — John Ryan watched in horror as the sky above his farm in southern Australia turned from blue to black. Ten minutes later, the forest around his house was engulfed in flames.

He and a neighbor huddled inside his house while the worst of the blaze passed overhead. Then Mr. Ryan ran outside and began hosing down scores of tiny ember fires that had started in the gutters, on the roof and all around his mountain homestead.

Mr. Ryan’s home was spared, but his neighbor was not so fortunate.

“It burned everything as far as you can see,” Mr. Ryan told a radio station as he surveyed the damage to his neighbor’s home in Glenburn, 60 miles northeast of Melbourne. “There’s nothing left; dead animals everywhere.”

Victoria state police said that at least 84 people were killed in a series of wildfires that tore across the southern state of Victoria on Saturday, the country’s deadliest firestorm ever. Some died trying to escape the fires in their cars; others were caught up trying to protect their homes.

The death toll from the fires was the worst since the “Ash Wednesday” fires of 1983, when 75 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed across southern Australia.

More than 700 houses were razed and two townships were almost completely leveled in the disaster. Police said there were at least two children among the dead, and warned that the death toll could rise as emergency crews searched for bodies in the hardest hit towns.

More than 80 people were hospitalized across the fire zone. The victims included at least 20 burn patients, some of whom were unlikely to survive, hospital officials told reporters.

The fires were driven by hot winds of more than 62 miles per hour, and temperatures that peaked at 117 degrees in Melbourne, making Saturday the city’s hottest day on record.

Witnesses described seeing trees and houses explode into flames as ash and soot rained from amber skies. Many, like Mr. Ryan, were stranded at their properties, with no firefighters in sight and no time to escape the inferno.

“You couldn’t see anything, you couldn’t do anything and you couldn’t get out,” Mr. Ryan said. “You just have to hope that the house wouldn’t burn down.”

At Kinglake, where at least 18 people died and most of the town’s homes were destroyed, police said they found the charred bodies of several victims in cars littered along the highway. Six people were found dead in one car, according to media reports.

The residents of nearby Marysville, an alpine village of about 600 people, were counting their losses and considering their futures on Sunday after the fire destroyed nearly every home and business in town. Aerial images showed rows of buildings reduced to piles of tangled rubble along neat streets lined with scorched trees.

Around 30 residents who had not evacuated before Saturday spent the night huddled on a grassy field near town while the blaze engulfed Marysville, according to media reports. Two bodies were discovered in the town on Sunday, and emergency crews continued to search through the wreckage.

Around 3,000 career and volunteer firefighters were battling against a dozen large wildfires that had burned more than 770 square miles of forest and farmland. Authorities said they suspected that at least some of the fires had been lit by arsonists.

“Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told reporters after meeting with emergency relief workers in Melbourne. “This is an appalling tragedy.”

The government set up a 10 million Australian dollar ($6.5 million) relief fund, including an immediate payment of 1,000 dollars ($650) to victims of the blaze. Mr. Rudd also deployed the country’s army to the region to help fight the fires and provide emergency help.

Choking back tears, John Brumby, the Victoria state premier, warned residents to prepare for more casualties and property damage as the fires continued to burn across the state.

Fires are common during Australia’s hot, dry summers, when the oil-rich eucalyptus forests become especially vulnerable during lightening strikes or sparks thrown from farm equipment. But a prolonged drought and the weekend’s searing temperatures made recent conditions particularly bad.

Death Toll in Australian Bushfires Climbs to 84,
NYT,
8.2.2009,
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/09/world/asia/09australia.html

 

 

 

 

 

California Fires Out of Control

as More Than 500,000 Flee

 

October 24, 2007

The New York Times

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 — Punishing winds and unstable thermal conditions — married with strained firefighting resources — stymied efforts Tuesday to contain a slew of wildfires burning for a third day across Southern California.

While firefighters late Tuesday began to get the upper hand on some fires in Los Angeles county, officials in San Diego were left worried that the fires could march toward more populated areas along the Pacific Ocean.

“As long as the east wind continues to blow, that is the direction things are going,” said Roxanne Provaznik, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “There are a lot of homes on that coastal community, so there is so much potential injury.”

By Tuesday, more than 400 square miles in seven counties had been consumed by some 16 fires, flames fueled by high desert winds and hot temperatures that remained largely impervious to air attacks, garden hoses, fire retardant or prayers for relief.

The authorities said the blazes, raging from the Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles to the Mexican border, were responsible for two deaths, and possibly five others. At least 25 firefighters and civilians were reported to have suffered burns.

By late Tuesday, the fires had consumed well over 1,000 homes and commercial structures, with the authorities reporting that 68,500 homes remained threatened. At least 500,000 people were estimated to have evacuated and thousands more had been ordered to move, making the evacuation effort roughly half the size of that from the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. The authorities said firefighters were overwhelmed as new blazes sparked and existing ones thrashed in new directions, impeding efforts to focus energy and resources. By midday, a new fire began in San Diego County even as fires elsewhere became partially contained.

President Bush, responding to entreaties from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, declared a state of emergency in California, paving the way for federal disaster aid to arrive, and said he would survey the state on Thursday.

While Mr. Schwarzenegger said during a news conference Tuesday that he was “happy” with the number of firefighters working the blazes, officials said that they were stretched thin and that a lack of resources was as much a burden as the temperatures and winds.

“Our resources are low,” Ms. Provaznik said in a telephone interview from San Diego. “Our firefighters are stretched out because of the number of fires around the state.”

Mr. Bush, mindful of the embarrassment his administration suffered after the Gulf Coast disaster two years ago, dispatched officials from the Department of Homeland Security to assess the damage. Federal and local fire teams from Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming joined the fight, and the governor called up 1,500 National Guard members.

The governor expanded his request to Mr. Bush on Tuesday afternoon, asking him to raise his declaration to “major disaster,” which would affect how the state is reimbursed later. The governor estimated that $75 million in federal aid would be needed.

Tuesday evening, Gov. Schwarzenegger said he had ordered state prisons to deploy their fire fighting muscle — including six fire engines and 18 fire captains — to assist in fire fighting. The state’s corrections department also has more than 2,640 trained inmate firefighters actively battling the southern California wildfires today after being deployed by Mr. Schwarzenegger.

Swift emergency response efforts, most likely matched by memories of the devastating fires here in 2003, may have contributed to the relatively low death toll.

“These are big fires, tragic, and the impact of these things will last a long time,” said Jodi Traversaro, spokeswoman for the state’s Office of Emergency Services. “I think Katrina taught us a whole lot.”

Two fires in Los Angeles County were largely contained Tuesday night. “This is a good news story," Lee Baca, the Los Angeles County sheriff, said at a news conference. But the rest of the state was less lucky.

San Diego County remained the worst of the burning regions, with at least 1,250 homes and 102 buildings destroyed and half a million people, according to local officials, displaced. The estimates of the number of people displaced, however, varied wildly between state and local officials. Thousands of evacuees headed for Qualcomm, the 60,000-seat home of the San Diego Chargers as others stuffed into area hotels.

A shift in the prevailing winds in the area on Tuesday, from the fierce but predictable Santa Ana winds, to more volatile western ones, also plagued firefighters.

But the director of San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services, Ron Lane, said at a news conference Tuesday evening that he thought the corner had been turned and that more favorable weather forecast would allow firefighters to make real headway. “The worst is behind us,” Mr. Lane said.

For all the dislocation and destruction, the five deaths in San Diego County that local officials attributed directly or indirectly to the fires as of Tuesday afternoon also underscored how difficult it is to classify and describe the real dimensions of a disaster that has, at least so far, mainly been measured in property loss, charred landscape and disrupted life.

Three of the people who died were in their 90s, including two who died in nursing homes in what county officials said were “natural causes.” The oldest fatality, June E. Brewer, was 95. She died in her hotel room, the county said in news release, after being evacuated.

Thomas James Varshock, 52, died on his property on Sunday, the county said, during the Harris Fire the only death directly linked to fire. Another victim, Suzanne Elizabeth Casey, 62, died in a fall in a restaurant, the county said, but had previously been evacuated from her home.

In many areas, firefighters were no match for speeding flames and sought refuge in aluminum fire shelters or retreated in the face of burning hillsides. Strong winds made attacks from the air difficult.

“We tried to get back in there at about 5 a.m. but we couldn’t get through,” John Miller, a United States Forest Service spokesman, said, referring to two fires in the town of Lake Arrowhead, in the San Bernardino National Forest, where at least 100 homes and 5,000 acres have been destroyed. “It was a wall of fire.”

California residents who were forced to leave home struggled to sift through the rumors. David Yurkovic, 43, was in a shelter in San Bernardino with his five children and his pregnant wife, Roberta. “She’s due in two months; she doesn’t feel so good,” he said. “I don’t know if my house is O.K. I have no idea. The worst part here is the rumors.”

The speed and ferocity of the fires were fueled by a lethal combination of heat, drought and the often hurricanelike Santa Ana winds that travel from the Mojave Desert into the coastal mountains, which become hotter as they hit parched valleys.

Throughout Southern California, the sky was illuminated with a pink, hazy glow, and smoke rose like a marine layer of fog. Angry red embers jumped from yards to roads. Ash fell onto parked cars miles from fires.

The typically bustling Lake Arrowhead resembled a ghost town, with abandoned shops and homes. A choking haze of smoke and ash covered the mountain, creating dusk at noon. At 6,000 feet, the smoke blacked out the sun above and the valley below.

The closer to the center of the blazes, the louder the roaring crackle of fire. The air filled with smoke, gas and fine particles, making it extremely difficult to breathe comfortably in some areas. Air-quality experts implored residents to curtail outdoor activities.

Not everyone obeyed orders to leave. Greg Curfman, 42, and his daughter Brittney, 18, were among a group of Silverado Canyon residents who refused to leave their homes. By 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Mr. Curfman was exhausted from helping transfer the animals on his ranch to safe places around Orange County. “I’m staying here unless it’s a last-ditch effort,” said Mr. Curfman, who has lived in the canyon for 15 years.

In Castaic, Calif., a suburban enclave in northern Los Angeles County, a fast-moving fire surprised local residents who had thought the troubles were confined to areas to their south.

Roughly 60 Mexican firefighters from the border cities of Tijuana and Tecate crossed into the United States on Sunday to help fight the fires, but they scrambled home Monday when fires broke out south of the border.

A survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation found that avocado and citrus groves, nurseries, vineyards, rangeland, and other farm and ranch operations were possibly damaged, with thousands of horses evacuated to shelters and livestock also possibly caught in the fires’ paths.
 


Reporting was contributed by Ana Facio Contreras

from Silverado Canyon,

Kirk Johnson from San Diego, Marc Lacey from Mexico,

Jesse McKinley from Santa Clarita and Regan Morris

from Lake Arrowhead.

California Fires Out of Control as More Than 500,000 Flee,
NYT,
24.10.2007,
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/us/24calif.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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