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5,500-acre fire spreading rapidly in Southern California, evacuations underway

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A massive blaze is forcing mass evacuations after shutting down Southern California's Interstate-15, the main route to Las Vegas. The enormous inferno, now covering 5,500 acres, spread across its first 1,000 acres within an hour of its initial spark.

The fire was reported in Devore, California, in the late morning hours of Tuesday, and within an hour, it spread from five acres to over 5,500, according to KABC.

It broke out near the Cajon Pass, where there have been red flag warnings from the San Bernardino Fire Department, in recognition of gusty winds and low humidity, prime conditions for wildfires.

Evacuations were ordered by the US Forest Service around West Cajon Valley, between Highway 2 and the I-15, KABC reported. At least one structure was seen burning, but no injuries have been reported.

The cause remains unknown.

Snowflake Cold

Ice Age cometh: 'Unfathomable' snow and wind blasts New Zealand's North Island

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The north island of New Zealand which receives a dusting of snow every 15 years or so, was pummeled with 3 feet and 120 mph winds over the last week. So rare was the event that the word Unfathomable was used in the media.


Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills four in Cambodia

A lightning strike during a midday storm in Kampong Chhnang province killed four rice farmers taking shelter from the rain, police said.

They had been working in their fields in Rolea Ba'ier district when the storm hit and had huddled together in a small hut together with a fifth person, who was unharmed, said deputy district chief Vung Sambath.

"Two people among the four dead people are father and son and another two are their neighbors," he said.

He named the dead people are Mao Sareth, 54, the father of Mao Chantha, 17, Sath Chum, 23, and Chom Pisei, 21.

Mr. Sambath said this was the first fatality from lightning in his district this year, and that authorities regularly warned people to be careful during storms.

The National Committee for Disaster Management reported last month that 78 people had been killed by lightning in the first seven months of the year, with a further 100 injuries and 60 cattle fatalities.

In 2015, lightning killed 130 people and injured about 200.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills three in Goalanda, Bangladesh

Three people were killed and another injured as a thunderbolt struck them at Paschim Naldubi village in Goalanda upazila on Tuesday evening, reports news agency UNB.

The deceased were Abu Bakkar Sheikh, 45, son of Jamal Sheikh of Paschim Naldubi village, Lal Miah Mandal, 35, son of Waj Uddin Mandal, a resident of the same area, Abul Shikdar, 35, son of Helal Shikdar, a resident of Kakna village in Nagarpur upazila.

Witnesses said Abu Bakkar, Lal Miah, Abul and Haydar Pramanik were cultivating a farmland in the village amid rain in the evening.

At one stage, a thunderbolt hit the four men around 6:00pm, leaving Bakkar, Lal and Abul dead on the spot and Haydar injured.

Later, Haydar was whisked off to Goalandu Health Complex.

He left the hospital after receiving primary treatment.

Cloud Lightning

3 killed by lightning strikes in Bihar, India

Three persons, including a minor, were killed when lightning struck them in in Bihar's Bhagalpur and Kishanganj districts today.

Two persons were killed in separate incidents of lightning in Bhagalpur district.

Sultanganj Block Circle Officer Sridhar Pandey said that the deceased have been identified as Mithilesh Kumar (14), a resident of Abharatanpur village and Kundan Thakur (22), a resident of Deodha village.

Lightning struck them when they were working in a field, he said, adding that the bodies have been sent to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bhagalpur for post-mortem.

In another incident, 22-year-old Shahjahan was killed when lightning struck him at Khushitola village of Kishanganj district, Kishanganj Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Shafique said.

Wolf

Man dies after attack by dog previously seized by police and returned to owner in Huddersfield, UK

A 52-year-old man has died after being attacked by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns that it was dangerous.

West Yorkshire Police said David Ellam was out walking with his Yorkshire terrier in Huddersfield on Monday when he was attacked by another dog . He died later in hospital.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because the dog involved in the attack was seized by officers earlier this month but returned to its owner a week ago after it was determined it was not a banned breed.

A woman who said she was Mr Ellam's cousin wrote on Facebook: "There was nothing accidental about this, it was a tragic incident that should never have happened and correct measures were not taken to ensure this situation wouldn't arise.

"We hope that in the coming days, a true representation of what happened yesterday will come to light and end all speculation. At this point, there is nothing to gain from finger pointing or blaming of dangerous dogs or their owners - a man has died in one of the most horrific ways possible, and we should focus on making sure this never happens again rather than playing the blame game."

Camera

Photographer captures 'space lightning' atop China's highest mountain peak

© Phebe Pan
On Aug. 13th in China, photographer Phebe Pan was photographing the night sky, hoping to catch a Perseid meteor. Instead, he witnessed a spectacular bolt of "space lightning."

Working atop Shi Keng Kong, the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province, "I was using a fisheye lens to capture as much of the sky as possible," says Pan. "Suddenly we saw a flash of blue and purple ejected from the top of a nearby thundercloud. It just looked like a tree with branches, and grew up very fast. So awesome!"


Attention

'Intimidating sight': Jogger chased by black bear for over a kilometre in British Columbia


Black bear
A jogger was stalked and chased by a bear on a popular trail in West Vancouver on Monday, leaving him with a few scrapes and bruises and an incredible tale of survival.

North Shore resident Christopher Lubell says he's "fortunate I'm still in one piece" after coming within metres of a large black bear while out for his morning jog in Capilano River Regional Park Monday morning. Lubell said the animal approached and chased him for more than a kilometre.

"That's a pretty intimidating sight when you see a bear, it's like 400 lbs., and it's running after you," Lubell told CTV Vancouver.

His first instinct was to run, but Lubell says the animal pursued him and came so close, it started to sniff around him.

That's when Lubell changed his tactic. "I just kept on yelling, every time it came close to me and eventually it wouldn't come as close to me," he said. "It would just stop in the middle of the trail and kind of look off to the side."

Comment: See also: Black bear attacks girl in Port Coquitlam, Canada


Question

Mystery boom in Florida has residents scratching their heads

What went "boom" Sunday evening still has many scratching their heads.

Social media starting buzzing about the "loud boom" around 8:15 p.m., with people from Holly Hill to New Smyrna Beach saying they heard it. Some even said they felt the ground shake slightly.

The US Geological Survey isn't reporting any earthquakes in the region. There also were no training exercises going on at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest that could have caused the noise, according to a Naval Air Station-Jacksonville spokeswoman.

A Port Orange Police Department spokesman said he has fielded numerous calls about the noise, but added, "You're guess is as good as mine."

Theories on social media have included a sonic boom from a rocket launch or landing, thunder, an earthquake or another U.S. Navy test blast off the Florida coast.

There was a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, but it blasted off nearly 18 hours earlier. SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched at 1:26 a.m., and then landed the rocket's first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic minutes later. There were no other planned launches Sunday, according to the Kennedy Space Center website.


Comment: With such a minimal amount of information it is difficult to determine the source of these explosions or booms. They may be the result of an increase in meteors breaking up in our atmosphere or a sign of some earth changes occuring.


Arrow Down

Couple in China swallowed by giant sinkhole found alive

© Mirror
The pair were stood talking by a van when the giant chasm appeared.
Witnesses offered assistance to the man and woman who suddenly dropped into the ground when the huge chasm opened up

The terrifying moment a couple were sucked into a giant sinkhole has been caught on camera.

Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment a man and a woman fell into the gaping chasm as they stood in a car park.

The pair were reportedly discussing business matters next a silver van and could do nothing as they suddenly dropped into the ground when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed them.

The incident reportedly occurred in the township of Yonghe, which is in Anyang County of Central China's Henan Province, and was witnessed by several nearby residents.

The victims were talking outside the local Yonghe clinic when they fell into the ground and were amazingly found alive at the bottom pit.