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Smoke from British Columbia's raging wildfires turns day into night

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© Richard Zussman (Global News)
Freaky orange skies have been the norm as a result of BC's raging wildfires, the smoke became so thick on Friday that it turned the morning sky inky black well after sunrise.
Just when you think this wildfire season can't get worse, something new comes along to remind you this year is truly one of rare horrors.

Residents of Prince George, British Columbia-a small city 325 miles north of Vancouver-awoke to a sky seemingly devoid of sunlight. The city sits just to the east of British Columbia's raging wildfires, which have sent smoke all the way across the Atlantic. To get there, the smoke has to pass over Prince George. Freaky orange skies have been the norm as a result, but the smoke became so thick on Friday that it turned the morning sky inky black well after sunrise.

Residents turned their headlights on for the morning commute as the halogen glow of streetlights continued to illuminate the road. Even for a town that has been blanketed in smoke for more than a week, the scene was a first of its kind. In my years of covering climate change and the wildfires that accompany it, I can't recall seeing anything quite like it myself.

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Video shows gigantic fire tornado that killed firefighter in Redding, California

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Recently released video from Cal Fire shows the most intense tornado ever in California history that trapped and killed a firefighter in Redding last month.

37-year-old Jeremiah "Jeremy" Stoke was a longtime Redding Fire Department veteran. According to Cal fire, on July 26th, he was driving his truck in northwest Redding and helping evacuate residents from the Carr Fire when he got into trouble.

Stoke radioed out a mayday call, saying he was getting burned over. Then his transmissions abruptly stopped.

The fire tornado exploded in the middle of what was already a gigantic and devastating wildfire.


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200 troops deployed to help fight 600 wildfires across British Columbia

The Pondosy Bay Wilderness Resort on Eutsuk Lake south of Houston had to be evacuated this weekend because of a wildfire.
© Pondosy Bay Wilderness Resort
The Pondosy Bay Wilderness Resort on Eutsuk Lake south of Houston had to be evacuated this weekend because of a wildfire.
Federal government also pledges aircraft as 600 blazes burn across the province

Ottawa is sending in the Armed Forces as B.C. deals with yet another destructive wildfire season that's forced thousands of people out of their homes.

The provincial government made a formal request for help Monday, and the federal government has already responded with a pledge of 200 troops, as well as aircraft to help move people and supplies.

"We're bringing in the additional resources we need to keep people and communities as safe as possible," B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said in a press release.

"I thank the federal government and the Canadian Armed Forces for their assistance, and also ask British Columbians to do their part by following burning bans to prevent human-caused fires."


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Extreme climes: Raging Mendocino wildfire tops last year's Thomas Fire to become largest in California history

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The two fires are known as the Mendocino Complex, which has become the largest in state history
The raging Mendocino Complex fire has officially become the largest wildfire in California's history, authorities have confirmed. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is currently only 30 percent contained.

"We broke the record," state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said. "That's one of those records you don't want to see."

The Ranch and River fires that make up the Mendocino Complex wildfire had grown to 283,800 acres by Monday evening, Cal Fire said in their latest update. Some 3,908 firefighters, 441 fire engines, and 15 aircraft continue to battle the flames.

"Tonight fire crews will try to take advantage of the lower temperatures to increase suppression and hold current containment lines," Cal Fire said.


Comment: Seven of California's 10 largest fires on record have occurred since 2000, including last year's Thomas fire, which was, prior to the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest blaze in the state's recorded history.

See also: California battling 17 large wildfires, already spent one-fourth of annual fire budget in July and Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Planet wide forest and wildfires - where does it go from here?


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Planet wide forest and wildfires - where does it go from here?

California Fire Fighters
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP
The El Dorado Hotshots battle wildfire near Buckhorn Summit on Highway 299 in Trinity County, Calif., Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state.
A comprehensive look at the wildfires raging in California and Europe compared to the 300 year averages and cataloged events. Extreme heat compared since 1900 to see where the trend in both takes us through 2025 as the Earth dives deeper into the Grand Solar Minimum.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: California governor Jerry Brown's appalling climate mis-statements

Jerry Brown's climate mis-statements
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As the chessboard for control of the narrative of why our Earth has seen an uptick in extreme weather continues, we as citizens need to start holding our elected officials responsible for mis-truths they speak and the media outlets that give them a voice. When there are outrageously bogus statements that can be debunked with simple scientific fact check, we need to ask questions why they said such things and demand answers and retractions. This is one such instance, California governor Jerry Brown says "since civilization emerged 10,000 years ago, we haven't had this kind of heat condition, and it's going to continue getting worse and that's the way it is." This is false. I demand answers from the governor why he said such things. You should too.


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Lightning strikes ignite 132 more wildfires in British Columbia - Total of 305 across the province

A map released by the BC Wildfire Service on Wednesday shows where lightning struck on July 31, contributing to 132 new wildfires.

A map released by the BC Wildfire Service on Wednesday shows where lightning struck on July 31, contributing to 132 new wildfires.
The BC Wildfire Service says lightning strikes in the province's Interior have sparked more fires, with 132 flaring up on July 31. The service is currently responding to a total of 305 fires.

Emergency BC issued evacuation alerts Wednesday for several rural properties on the south side of Quesnel Lake near Williams Lake. An evacuation alert remains in effect for Cawston and Keremeos in B.C.'s Similkameen region.

Evacuation alerts are issued to give residents time to prepare for a possible evacuation order.

The B.C. government has issued a smoky skies bulletin for the province, and Metro Vancouver Regional District has warned of poor air quality in the eastern part of the region and the Fraser Valley. For Metro Vancouver, air quality is expected to improve as the weather cools down this week.


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Northern California wildfire now considered 9th most destructive in state's history

California Fire Fighters
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP
The El Dorado Hotshots battle wildfire near Buckhorn Summit on Highway 299 in Trinity County, Calif., Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state.
A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state.

Ed Bledsoe told CBS News he did not receive any warning to evacuate his home in the city of Redding before the flames came through last week and killed his wife, Melody, and his great-grandchildren, 5-year-old James Roberts and 4-year-old Emily Roberts.

"If I'd have any kind of warning, I'd have never, ever left my family in that house," Bledsoe said.

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California battling 17 large wildfires, already spent one-fourth of annual fire budget in July

A firefighter battling the wildfire in Redding, California
© Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
A firefighter battling the wildfire in Redding, California, which swept through the historic gold rush town of Shasta on Thursday.
One month into California's fiscal year, the state has already spent about one-fourth of its emergency fund fighting fires across the state. Now with more than a dozen large wildfires raging and firefighting resources stretched thin, crews are on the way from as far as the East Coast.

There are now 12,000 firefighters on the lines battling 17 large wildfires, which have destroyed more than 1,000 structures and continue to threaten an additional 25,000 homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. At least eight deaths have been attributed to the fires, which have burned about almost 240,000 acres, or about 375 square miles up and down the state.

"We're very active right now across the state with fires," said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean. "Vegetation is so dry, especially with the winds that are coming and have been coming."

Cal Fire said Monday that hot and dry conditions have contributed to the wildfire risk statewide, including low humidity and high winds in some areas of Northern California. The southern portion of the state has baked in triple-digit temperatures in some inland areas in recent weeks.

Adding to the wildfire risk are an estimated 129 million dead trees in California forests due to years of drought and beetle infestation, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

More than 52,000 residents have been evacuated in the large fires, according to Cal Fire.


Comment: Deadly wildfires blaze across California amid fears that 'the worst is yet to come'


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Greece wildfires called Europe's 'deadliest' in a century as rising death toll hits 91

The aftermath of a wildfire is seen in Mati, Greece
© Aris Erdogdu / Reuters
The aftermath of a wildfire is seen in Mati, Greece July 24, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media on July 27, 2018.
The blaze that reduced the area to the east of Greece's capital to resemble a post-apocalyptic landscape has killed 91 people, the Greek officials confirmed. The death toll is likely to rise.

According to authorities, most of these people died as a result of the fire, while some drowned in the sea after fleeing the disaster.

The Greek Fire Service said that 25 people are still missing following a horrifying human and environmental disaster that hit the country's coastline close to Athens. The wildfires that devastated the southern European country last week were described as the deadliest in Europe since 1900, which makes them the worst such disaster in more than a century, according the Centre for the Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Brussels.

The Greek authorities suspect that arson may have caused the fire and the government has come under criticism over its alleged lack of preparation for the fire season as well as over its inadequate infrastructure management.

More than 2,000 homes were damaged in the fire, Greek officials said on Friday, adding that about a quarter of these would have to be demolished. The popular seaside resort of Mati was one of the places most severely hit by the blaze.


Comment: See also: Situation critical in Greece as residents flee wildfires by jumping into the sea - At least 50 dead - UPDATES