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July 6, 2013
When you see the center of your town almost destroyed, you’ll understand that we’re asking ourselves how we are going to get through this event.
Lac-Megantic, Quebec Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche • Reacting to the petrochemical train explosion that tore through the city early this morning, causing a huge fire. As many as 1,000 people have been evacuated; a number of people remain missing.
12:29 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013

yahoonews:

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

COOMA, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

Temperatures soared to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 people who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police found no bodies during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.”

(John Grosvenor/Reuters; Rod McGuirk/AP;Chris Kidd/AP)

As many in the dryest parts of the U.S. can relate to, wildfires are incredibly treacherous and pervasively troublesome — be it direct fire risk to property, human life, or even just the heavy, smoky air that spreads over the landscape. Our thoughts are with everyone afflicted by these blazes.

19:45 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
breakingnews:

Big Southern California brush fire could keep burning for a week
Los Angeles Times: A brush fire in the Angeles national forest may burn for a week over thousands of acres as authorities struggle to contain the fire amid soaring temperatures.
 Photo: A cat walks past mobile homes in the Camp Williams Mobile Home Park as a wildfire burns on the hillside above in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, California, September 3, 2012. (Reuters/Patrick T. Fallon)

That poor cat doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.

breakingnews:

Big Southern California brush fire could keep burning for a week

Los Angeles Times: A brush fire in the Angeles national forest may burn for a week over thousands of acres as authorities struggle to contain the fire amid soaring temperatures.


Photo: A cat walks past mobile homes in the Camp Williams Mobile Home Park as a wildfire burns on the hillside above in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, California, September 3, 2012. (Reuters/Patrick T. Fallon)

That poor cat doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.

9:24 // 1 year ago
July 7, 2012
Luckiest bird alive: ”This Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, shows a 70-day-old golden eagle in Ogden, Utah, that was feared lost but found burned alive on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs. The raptor was taken to the Wildlife Rehbilitation Center of Ogden where it was nicknamed ‘Phoenix.’” Do yourself a favor and click the full-resolution version of this photo. (photo by Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP)

Luckiest bird alive: ”This Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, shows a 70-day-old golden eagle in Ogden, Utah, that was feared lost but found burned alive on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs. The raptor was taken to the Wildlife Rehbilitation Center of Ogden where it was nicknamed ‘Phoenix.’” Do yourself a favor and click the full-resolution version of this photo(photo by Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP)

22:05 // 2 years ago
July 6, 2012
breakingnews:

Officials expect full containment of Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire today
The Denver Post: After burning for two weeks and destroying 347 structures in and to the west of Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon fire was expected to be fully contained Friday. The blaze has cost approximately $15,333,671 to fight.
Photo: Chris Grove and her husband Michael Fender meet with Mike Furgal, left, and Mark Nix, right, of Allstate Insurance Company, at their home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, July 05, 2012. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

Pretty crazy to consider how difficult it was to take this blaze down.

breakingnews:

Officials expect full containment of Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire today

The Denver Post: After burning for two weeks and destroying 347 structures in and to the west of Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon fire was expected to be fully contained Friday. The blaze has cost approximately $15,333,671 to fight.

Photo: Chris Grove and her husband Michael Fender meet with Mike Furgal, left, and Mark Nix, right, of Allstate Insurance Company, at their home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, July 05, 2012. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

Pretty crazy to consider how difficult it was to take this blaze down.

18:35 // 2 years ago
June 29, 2012
Wildfires from space: “In this Wednesday June 27,2012 photo released by NASA showing wild fires burning at the south end of the Wyoming Range in southwestern Wyoming taken aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above earth. These particular fires, of unknown cause, are burning at the south end of the Wyoming Range in southwestern Wyoming, and have affected 17,000 acres.” After you’re done reading this, be sure to check the Casper Star-Tribune’s wildfire coverage. (AP Photo/NASA)

Wildfires from space: “In this Wednesday June 27,2012 photo released by NASA showing wild fires burning at the south end of the Wyoming Range in southwestern Wyoming taken aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above earth. These particular fires, of unknown cause, are burning at the south end of the Wyoming Range in southwestern Wyoming, and have affected 17,000 acres.” After you’re done reading this, be sure to check the Casper Star-Tribune’s wildfire coverage(AP Photo/NASA)

21:42 // 2 years ago
June 27, 2012
bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”
Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”

Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

10:17 // 2 years ago
June 25, 2012
I think it’s the best vacation ever. This is what the real world is about. There’s a lot of people that need help.
New Jersey resident Mark Stein • Discussing the outcome of his family’s planned vacation in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The Steins arrived in Manitou Springs just after midnight on Saturday for a week of hiking, whitewater rafting, and more. Unfortunately, 15 minutes after falling asleep, they were forced to evacuate along with many residents of the city. Now they’re helping people who aren’t nearly as fortunate as they are — people who lost their homes and lives. It’s nice to know that some people still see the bigger picture, isn’t it? source (viafollow)
12:24 // 2 years ago
May 30, 2012

Gila, New Mexico wildfire sets state record for destruction

  • 170,000 acres burned in last week source

» Authorities have confirmed that the fire, which formed after two separate lightning-induced blazes converged last week, has now destroyed more than 265 square miles inside of Gila National Forest. The blaze surpassed a fire from 2011 that destroyed more than 153,000 acres, and threatened the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory before authorities could stop contain it.

15:20 // 2 years ago
September 5, 2011

Texas, California wildfires threaten, destroy homes

  • 476 homes burned in Texas east of Austin since Sunday; Gov Rick Perry canceled an appearance at a forum in South Carolina in response
  • 800+ homes threatened by fire in California; officials are unsure how long it will take to contain the fires, caused by a plane crash on Sunday source
22:27 // 2 years ago