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Helicopters fight a massive forest fire affecting the commune of Quillon, in southern Chile's Bio Bio region, some 500 Km south of Santiago, on January 3, 2012. Forest fires in southern Chile, fueled by intense heat and strong winds, advanced further Tuesday after destroying nearly 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres), officials said. The worst of the blazes were concentrated in Chile's Bio Bio region, where about 22,500 hectares have been destroyed, according to Chile's National Emergency Office (Onemi). About 500 people have been evacuated from the area and 162 homes destroyed. The damage prompted the authorities to declare the region a "disaster zone," which will allow residents to receive federal emergency assistance. The Chilean government has asked Brazil for an aircraft that can carry water to extinguish flames.
Forest fires in southern Chile, fueled by intense heat and strong winds, advanced further Tuesday after destroying nearly 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres), officials said.
President Sebastian Pinera blamed the La Nina weather phenomenon and "global warming" for the lack of rain.
"We still have 20 fires that are active," Pinera told reporters, warning that Chile is facing "an extraordinarily risky and vulnerable" fire season due to dry summer weather.
Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said some of the fires might have been set intentionally.
"The probability that they were caused intentionally, unfortunately, is not a probability that we can dismiss," Hinzpeter said.
The worst of the blazes were concentrated in Chile's Bio Bio region, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Santiago, where about 22,500 hectares have been destroyed, according to Office of National Emergencies (ONEMI).
About 500 people have been evacuated from the area and 162 homes destroyed. A 75-year-old man died early Sunday when he refused to leave his home.
The damage prompted the authorities to declare the region a "disaster zone," which will give residents access to federal emergency assistance.
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45 Australian Species Face Extinction in 20 Years
by David DeFranza, Washington, DC on 03.24.11
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For decades, the remote Kimberley region of Northern Australia has stood as a stronghold for dozens of rare native species of mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates. Now, these species are under serious threat from encroaching invasive species and a series of fires.
The pressure is so severe, researchers believe, that as many as 45 species could face extinction within 20 years.
"We're in the midst of a massive extinction event in Australia and the north has really been the last stronghold for many species of birds and mammals and reptiles," Tara Martin, a researcher with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, said, "the Kimberley is really their last chance on Earth."
SLIDESHOW: The World's Most Lovable Invasive Species [Click on link above.]
The threat, a new report explains, comes from feral cats, wild donkeys, and a series of forest fires. The cats, researchers found, are opportunistic hunters devastating native populations. Donkeys and goats compete for the scarce food and water resources in the region.
The simplest means of defense, conservationists say, is to reduce the population of goats and donkeys. Educating the public on the impact stray house cats have on local ecosystems is also critical.45 Australian Species Face Extinction in 20 Years by David DeFranza, Washington, DC... more
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- California officials say a wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains has prompted mandatory evacuations of about 60 homes.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Cherie Alver says a trailer and two outbuildings have been destroyed since the fire broke out Sunday morning. Another 150 homes and 100 businesses are threatened. The blaze has burned about 600 acres and is 20 percent contained.
Battalion Chief Jim Crawford says winds in the area are expected to pick up overnight and more than 1,000 firefighters are expected to be taking on the blaze by Monday morning.WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- California officials say a wildfire in the Santa Cruz... more
" Dozers: The Commanders in the War on Fire " [10 Minute Sample] The Lick Wildland Fire Went from an illegal burn barrel to 60,000 acres almost over night. The swirling gusty winds changing direction minute per minute in deep canyons of tinder dry brush and a lack of humidity, gave the fire a life of it's own as it would make fast runs up steep ravines jumping valleys and spotting fires for miles spreading in every direction. The Lick Fire was hard on equipment and man power and also your lungs. The back bone of the war on fire are the "Fire Dozers". Caterpillar D-6 is a master of fire lines with skin of armor and heavy glass, with more times than not too small of an air conditioning unit as it many times the Dozer is engulfed much too close to the normal towering flames it is fighting. The Fire Dozer is the unsung hero of the Fire service fighting the ground attack with that same nonstop-able veracity as in the fields as on narrow Ridge tops steep canyons and other places where man alone can't go without the help of steel plate tracks clanking on their feet as they walk to their own beat. This Film is dedicated to the Fire Dozer and the People who drive them in the most dangerous conditions that exist. Without them the WAR on Fire would be lost! This is a video is the ten minute sample trailer of a larger documentary still in production.
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Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La Brea fire was started by Mexican drug traffickers who were tending a large, sophisticated marijuana farm planted on the side of a mountain.
The growers apparently fled as firefighters approached the source of the fire and are still at large, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Their abandoned site was similar to other illicit plots planted by Mexican nationals and discovered by drug agents in recent years.
Investigators found 30,000 top-grade cannabis plants ranging in height from 2 feet to 6 feet. Stacks of propane tanks, melted irrigation tubing, empty fertilizer canisters, mounds of trash, a torched cooking stove and a semiautomatic rifle were also found at the Los Padres National Forest location, the sheriff and other agents said.Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La... more
The new method of tackling forest fires could be to use high-end technology such as The Autonomous Fire Guard. This concept design features a machine built with lasers scanners, Infra red cameras and radar for identifying areas through the smoke.
The Autonomous Fire Guard comes with different modules, each designed for a different job; cleaning up debris, cutting down trees in hazardous positions as well as spraying water to calm down consistant low-level fires.
The machine is likely to be on duty in the latter stages of a forest fire, when conditions are easier to tackle.
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A forest fire burns in Glenrosa on the edge of Kelowna, B.C. at dawn Sunday. The blaze erupted Saturday afternoon.
Officials say the blaze, whipped by high winds, is continuing to grow and they can't predict when it will be under control.A forest fire burns in Glenrosa on the edge of Kelowna, B.C. at dawn Sunday. The blaze... more
I've long been accustomed to bearing with the emo musical scene, based as it is, sometimes unfortunately, upon those deep and often over-sharing diary-like outpourings of personal emotions (or disturbed emotions). And I really can be just as sensitive as the next fellow to some of emo’s musical railings, either about love or sadly unrequited love. But jeeez...this latest thing by Benjamin Gibbard is just too, too much! The new music video put out by his band Death Cab for Cutie, the daintily-pretty "Grapevine Fires," has to be one of the most disturbing animations to come out lately.
"Grapevine Fires" certainly does a darn good, smash-up job of smothering any feelings of romantic love that you just might have been harboring at the moment. Now, I won’t spoil it too much for you, since you might have been browsing the web for a trigger to swallow a fistful of prescription meds. But there’s a forest fire here that invades a smallish suburban town, and the fierce scene to which the encroaching blaze gives rise does not end nicely. Nope…not nicely at all.
Includes a number of colorful pictures from the animation, as well as the animated music video by Death Cab for Cutie, “Grapevine Fires.”I've long been accustomed to bearing with the emo musical scene, based as it is,... more
One person has been killed in a fire that has burned more than 3,500 acres in the Angeles National Forest and encroached some northern areas of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday afternoon.
The adult male's body was found in a makeshift wood-and-cardboard shelter in northern Los Angeles near the forest, officials said at an afternoon news conference. He appeared to be homeless, officials said; no name or age were released.
Authorities also said they are battling a second nearby blaze, which has already burned 750 acres. Evacuations have been ordered.
The first fire has destroyed several structures, including about 30 mobile homes in the Lopez Canyon area, said Los Angeles County fire inspector Sam Padilla. The mobile homes had been evacuated Sunday.
Both fires are being driven by strong Santa Ana winds, officials said.
"The winds that were expected have arrived. The worst has happened," said Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The high winds were making the first fire, which is less than 5 percent contained, dangerous and unpredictable, officials said at an earlier news conference Monday. iReport.com: Are wildfires affecting you?
Officials shut down two freeways north of Los Angeles and authorities dispatched water-dropping helicopters and more than 200 fire engines as the blaze "started to push toward the city," said John Tripp of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
About 1,200 residents have left their homes and more evacuations are expected, Padilla said.
Winds are heading southwest and fire officials are warning residents to keep an eye on their surroundings.
Officials shut down part of Interstate 210, also known as the Foothill Freeway, and any residents north of the freeway were under a mandatory evacuation order. The fire jumped the interstate in one spot, and was headed toward the Lake View Terrace area.
A portion of State Route 118, also known as the Ronald Reagan Freeway, also has been closed.
In northern California, a wildfire on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay had spread across 250 acres as of Monday morning but hadn't damaged any buildings in the historic state park, a Marin County fire official said.
The fire began Sunday night, Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said.One person has been killed in a fire that has burned more than 3,500 acres in the... more
Here in California, we are told that the snow packs on our mountain tops are shrinking. There's less and less fresh water to share between our growing populations, farmers, ranchers and wildlife. Water is life.
This UPI article (U.S. Wants to Cut Power Plant Water Usage, July 18, 2007) alerted me to the problem concerning the oil fired, natural gas, coal and nuclear power plants. They all use copious amounts of our nation's fresh water resource.
Here is an excerpt:
WASHINGTON, U.S. Department of Energy officials said thermoelectric power plants using coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear sources require significant amounts of water for cooling and are a major competitor for water resources. A 2000 study found electric power plants were the second largest U.S. user of fresh water, withdrawing 136 billion gallons of fresh water daily. Only agriculture used more water.
Energy Department officials said the goal is to achieve a "50 percent" reduction in power plant fresh water usage by 2015.
Solar electric roof shingles and solar electric panels use "no" water in the generation of clean renewable electricity. They have no moving parts, make no noise, cause no chemical reaction, require virtually no maintenance and are guaranteed on average for 25 years.
When one factors in the true cost of generating electricity including the use of water as well as the production of greenhouse gases and other toxic emissions, solar electricity leads the field with clean, low cost, renewable energy.
Governor Schwarzenegger has recently told us that due to climate destabilization, forest fires aren't just seasonal anymore, they're year round. This will add new competition for our already strained precious water resources.
California as well as many other states can improve their flexibility to cope with an uncertain water future while practicing environmental stewardship.
– Harvey SherbackHere in California, we are told that the snow packs on our mountain tops are... more
Nine people are missing feared dead after a helicopter carrying firefighters crashed on its way to a forest fire in northern California.
The helicopter went down on Tuesday night about 35 miles (56km) north-west of Redding in a remote area.
The cause of the crash of the Sikorsky S-61 was not immediately known.
The helicopter was carrying 11 firefighters and two crewmen. Four people are being treated in hospital for burns.
Two are said to be in critical condition and two serious.
Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter was destroyed in the crash.
The firefighters had been tackling a blaze that was covering 27 sq miles (70sq km) of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Investigators are being sent to the scene. Nine people are missing feared dead after a helicopter carrying firefighters crashed... more
SAN FRANCISCO - Nine people are missing and feared dead in the crash of a helicopter that was carrying firefighters over a Northern California forest, officials said Wednesday.
The helicopter was carrying 11 firefighters and two crew members when it went down Tuesday night in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Four people were taken to hospitals with severe burns, including two in critical condition, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Sikorsky S-61 chopper was destroyed by fire after crashing "under unknown circumstances" in a remote mountain location, Gregor said. FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were headed to the scene, about 215 miles northwest of Sacramento.
The firefighters had been working at the northern end of a fire burning on more than 27 square miles in the national forest, part of a larger complex of blazes that is mostly contained.
Two of the injured were flown in critical condition to the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Forest Service spokesman Mike Odle said Wednesday. The other two were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding in serious condition, he said.
SAN FRANCISCO - Nine people are missing and feared dead in the crash of a helicopter... more
The numbers are staggering - 1,400 wildfires burning around the state. Over 70 homes destroyed and 7,800 under threat. President Bush has declared the fires a federal emergency and released $50 million in federal aid, announced by FEMA administrator David Paulison - surely a sign that the feds are fully engaged in the fire aid effort, right?
Not so fast. There is a difference between an "emergency," which frees up something like the $50 million in firefighting funds, and a "federal disaster" declaration, which frees up the full range of FEMA assistance to fire victims, including relocation shelters and financial assistance.
According to the Monterey Herald the federal government has refused to declare the California fires a disaster:
“But assistance from FEMA for fire victims has not been approved because the fires have not been declared a federal disaster.
“Paulison said a preliminary damage evaluation will be done to determine if more declarations are needed.
“Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, said he was told it does not appear California's wildfires qualify as a federal disaster because the level of destruction has not been great enough.”
It's conservative government in action - the stingy nature of FEMA assistance that was revealed to the world during Hurricane Katrina continues to dominate the Bush Administration's approach to disaster relief. As a Daily Kos diarist has explained FEMA is screwing around with Midwest flood disaster relief and of course, FEMA's initial reaction to last fall's fires here in California was to host a news conference where its employees posed as actual reporters and lobbed softball questions at FEMA administrators.
Read the full article By Robert Cruickshank
California Progress Report
http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2008/07/feds_say_califo.htmlThe numbers are staggering - 1,400 wildfires burning around the state. Over 70 homes... more
Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities.
Health advisories urging residents to stay indoors to limit exposure to the smokey air were issued Saturday from Bakersfield north to Redding, a distance of nearly 450 miles.
Air pollution readings in the region are two to 10 times the federal standard for clean air, Dimitri Stanich, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, said Saturday.
Some areas are experiencing the worst air quality on record, with the smoke hanging down to the ground like a fog.
Air quality agencies are especially concerned about high readings of small-particle pollution. The tiniest particles can penetrate past the body's immune defenses, traveling deep into the lungs and the bloodstream.
Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California... more
How can we throw it all away? 2030 is not that far off, and we are in danger of losing more than half of an ecosystem that regulates the climate of the Earth and is one of the largest sources of carbon and a habitat to thousands of species. But will we see this on our local news tonight?How can we throw it all away? 2030 is not that far off, and we are in danger of losing... more
FireStorm uncovers the fascinating world of altered time to the viewer, allowing a unique look at nature's fury. Shot with 3 cameras over a period of 28 hours during September 28-29th 2005. Firestorm shows a a unique look at the Simi Valley fire which consumed 25,000 acres.
Look for Mars, Orion & the Moon rising in the distance...
--Eli JarraFireStorm uncovers the fascinating world of altered time to the viewer, allowing a... more