•   
  •   

World Oregon, Scorched By Fire, Braces for Floods as California Blaze Prompts More Evacuations

05:42  19 september  2020
05:42  19 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires

  “Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires The size, speed, and timing of the wildfires, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, have created a unique disaster.California is experiencing some of the largest fires right now. The 755,600-acre August Complex Fire is now the largest blaze in state history, and statewide, a total of more than 3.1 million acres have gone up in smoke, a record area for a single year.

Concurrently, fire -ravaged Oregon may face flash floods as badly needed rains quickly wash over areas cleared of trees by the recent wildfires. In California , evacuation orders were issued for the areas north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Highway 39, Juniper Hills

More than 500,000 people in Oregon are under evacuation orders as wildfires continued to race through more than a dozen Western states Friday. At least 20 people have died in fires in California this fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire ).

a group of people standing around a fire: People watch the Bobcat Fire burning on hillsides near Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, California on September 15, 2020. © Ringo Chiu / AFP People watch the Bobcat Fire burning on hillsides near Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, California on September 15, 2020.

As the Bobcat Fire rages across the Los Angeles National Forest for its 12th day, emergency officials issued new evacuations for areas north of the blaze.

Concurrently, fire-ravaged Oregon may face flash floods as badly needed rains quickly wash over areas cleared of trees by the recent wildfires.

How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires

  How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfiresMOLALLA, Ore. (Reuters) - Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Her border collie, Oink, rode shotgun as West and a volunteer crew raced to clear a fireline.

California has the most outages, followed by Oregon and the state of Washington. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires .”

California officials say people should be ready to evacuate . That fire is a group of merged blazes that have burned more than 250,000 acres in Plumas National Clackamas County, in northwestern Oregon , declared a state of emergency as a response to several wildfires that prompted evacuations .

In California, evacuation orders were issued for the areas north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Highway 39, Juniper Hills, Devils Punchbowl, Paradise Springs and the area east of Devils Punch Bowl Road, south of the Big Pines Hwy, north of the Big Rock Creek and west of Jackson Lake, according to KTLA-TV.

In an evacuation alert issued Thursday, officials wrote, "If you have not already done so, gather your family, pets, important papers, medications and any emergency supplies."

Oregon Fire Map, Update, Storm to Help Firefighters Battle the Blazes

  Oregon Fire Map, Update, Storm to Help Firefighters Battle the Blazes A storm in the early hours of Friday may help contain the wildfires as Gov. Kate Brown says: "Our firefighters are grateful for rain."Areas of Oregon are suffering from hazardous and very unhealthy air quality as a result of the smoke produced from the fires.

Two fires in Oregon threatened to merge, triggering new evacuations . At least 10 people have been killed In California , seven more people were found dead in the North Complex Fire , formerly known as - Dangerous dry winds whipped up California 's record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes

California fires burn record 2m acres as new blazes prompt rescue missions. Hundreds of thousands brace for power shutoffs as California fires burn 2m acres. Read more . Dangerously unhealthy smoke pollution has been recorded throughout California , Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

The Bobcat Fire has already destroyed 50,539 acres, 5,400 structures, 25 lives and is only 3 percent contained, despite the deployment of 1,158 firefighters.

The fire is also less than 500 feet away from the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory, an important scientific facility. Firefighters have fought with aircraft water drops, plowing lines by hand and bulldozer and setting strategic backfires.

In Oregon, wildfires have cleared large portions of trees throughout the state's central and western regions. While a rainstorm is expected to begin late Thursday night, the heavy storm could trigger flash floods and dangerous debris flows throughout the state, according to KOIN News.

The debris flows could cause literal landslides that travel quickly at avalanche speeds, hitting homes, roads and vehicles with very little to no warning. Such flows typically happen within canyon and river valleys as well as gorges situated below very steep cliffs.

Residents are encouraged to listen for the sounds of trees cracking and the faint rumbling of boulders knocking together, to run uphill and to avoid bridges if they witness a coming landslide.

California Fire Map, Update As Bobcat Blaze 'Continues to Advance in All Directions'

  California Fire Map, Update As Bobcat Blaze 'Continues to Advance in All Directions' The Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County has burned more than 103,000 acres of the state, as of Sunday.Eight fires have burned over 100,000 acres each, including the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County. Bobcat "continues to advance in all compass directions depending on fuels and topography," according to the latest report Sunday from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

Fires appeared even more destructive in Oregon , where officials said a wildfire driven by 45-mile-per-hour That blaze , known as the Almeda Fire , was also encroaching on the city of Medford, home to Dozens of people were evacuated by a California National Guard helicopter on Saturday after being

Northwest fires , Oregon evacuations : Oregon ’s RAPTOR Map shows wildfires across the U.S. West and evacuation zones within the state. Stifel said as he drove through the charred remains of Gates, one out of a half-dozen communities scorched as fire swept through Monday night and Tuesday.

As of September 14, the wildfires have already burned over 2.2 million acres of land in California with nearly 14,000 firefighters battling 25 major wildfires that have collectively destroyed 3,300 structures, eight people and untold numbers of wildlife, livestock and housepets.

In Oregon, hundreds of thousands of acres are covered in flames as at least 15 major wildfires rage through the central and western parts of the state. Last Thursday, the National Weather Service issued an urgent fire weather warning, stating that warm temperatures, very low humidities and stronger winds would combine to create an increased risk of fire danger.

The EPA's Air Quality Index has listed numerous cities across the west as having "unhealthy," "very unhealthy" or "hazardous", potentially causing "adverse" or "serious" health effects, especially to those who already have respiratory illnesses or difficulties.

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

Dramatic Video Shows Car Escaping California Glass Fire: 'Never Wait Til the Last Second to Evacuate' .
Evacuation orders are in effect across parts of Napa County following the Glass Fire, which is zero percent contained.The video shared by Deputy Matt Macomber, who is among several Napa County deputies currently evacuating the area, showed a vehicle driving past flames burning along the sides of the road.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!