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Tennessee firefighters baffled by outbreak of large wildfires in mid-Winter

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Heavy smoke took over parts of Pigeon Forge after a brush fire broke out near Dollywood on Sunday afternoon.

The wildfire threatened 11 cabins and four people were told to shelter in place because it was too risky for them to leave.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, crews had the fire 80% contained and hoped to have it completely contained by the end of the night.

The Pigeon Forge Fire Department said the fire is located near Upper Middle Creek Road off of Walker Trail.

Crews first got the call around 2 p.m. and all other agencies in the county were called in around 2:15 p.m. to assist.

About 90 firefighters responded to the fire throughout the day. At least 10 firefighters will monitor hot spots throughout the night.


Phoenix

Third 'winter wildfire' breaks out in Norway - Second in two days - What is going ON?!

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This third winter wildfire to hit Norway broke out at 11am Wednesday morning at Freya in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway.
Translated by SOTT.net

A heath fire broke out on Freya in Sør-Trøndelag at 11am Wednesday morning. The wind is blowing strongly in the area, making the fire spread quickly.

It is now threatening buildings in the area, local fire chief André Lind told Dagbladet.

The fire started at Hammar Lake, and spread with the north wind. It's now approaching Mestervik Lake.

"We had hoped that the water would prevent the fire from spreading further. But it is impossible to say if it will happen," said Lind.

A helicopter has joined efforts to put it out. Two Bell helicopters from the Norwegian military is on the way and should be there any minute. The helicopters are coming from Flatanger Rygge, having worked to extinguish the fire in Sørnes Peninsula.

Winds are currently blowing fresh air on Freya, but a gale warning has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday.

Read the rest of this article here.
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Another wildfire in Norway: Fire on Norwegian coast destroys 140 buildings

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An out-of-control fire has swept across a peninsula in Flatanger, Norway, razing at least 140 buildings, in two villages, almost to the ground.

According to police, the fire started at around 10 p.m. on Monday night and was caused when sparks flew from power lines, jostled by the wind. The sparks caught the surrounding heather alight and with the strong wind, the flames swept almost instantly to the villages of Småværet and Hasvåg in northern Norway.

Johnny Olsen, spokesman for the local police told VG newspaper (in Norwegian), "It is very windy at the spot. The wind is blowing at 22 meters per second, which of course spreads the fire faster and makes it more difficult to put out."


Comment: According to other information, it is only speculation that the fire was caused by a spark from power lines.


Comment: There has been a lot of wildfires across the globe in recent times. Is it just due to faulty wiring or is it perhaps due to electrically charged micrometeorites?

Other wildfires in the news in January:

Fire devours historic Norwegian village, 90 people hospitalized
Many Tibetan monasteries and famous sites destroyed this winter by mysterious 'wildfires'
"Interesting situation, fighting fires in the wintertime" - Oregon firefighters finally get Shady Cove wildfire under control
'Winter wildfire' torches 70 acres in Union Country, South Carolina - where daytime temperature is currently 31F! - cause unknown
Winter wildfire weirdness continues as warnings spread to chilly Arkansas
Cross all that remains standing amid California wildfire that destroyed 1,700 acres
Winter wildfire destroys homes near Los Angeles
Small wildfires sweep across Southern California
Wildfire shuts down Interstate 80 in Nebraska
256 wildfires suddenly break out in Victoria, Australia amid heatwave
Perth, Western Australia: Wildfire razes 27 homes, one man dead
From polar vortex to wildfires in one week! Fires break out across Oklahoma
Chile authorities issue health alert after forest fire smoke blankets Santiago

And this article to add the context of the exponentially increasing meteors:
Take cover! Meteor fireballs rain down across U.S. - Outbreaks of wildfires reported


Phoenix

Many Tibetan monasteries and famous sites destroyed this winter by mysterious 'wildfires'

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Smoke billows from forest fire in Nyagchuka county, Tibet, Jan. 25, 2014. Yes folks, it's the middle of the Himalayan winter!
A forest fire burning out of control in western China's Sichuan province appears set to spread to a monastery and the main town of a Tibetan-populated county, following the near-total destruction of the center of another Tibetan town in a neighboring province two weeks ago, sources say.

The cause of the fire, which began on Jan. 25 in a hilly area of Nyagchukha (in Chinese, Yajiang) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is still unknown, a local source told RFA's Tibetan Service on Sunday.

"But the fire was still burning on Jan. 26," RFA's source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"If the fire is not brought under control soon, it may spread to the Nyagchukha county seat and to a small monastery located on the side of a mountain called Phagmo Hill," he said.

Nyagchukha, one of 11 counties under the jurisdiction of Kardze prefecture, is famous as the home of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a popular and well-respected Tibetan religious leader jailed by China since 2002 on bombing charges widely believed to have been contrived.

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"Interesting situation, fighting fires in the wintertime" - Oregon firefighters finally get Shady Cove wildfire under control

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Some snow remains on the ground and some creeks are still frozen, yet these fires burned right next to them?...
A wildfire that broke out Thursday in logging debris on private timberlands northeast of Shady Cove and grew to 125 acres was contained by fire crews over the weekend.

Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service firefighters have completed fire lines around most of the Alder Creek fire, ODF spokesman Brian Ballou said Monday. The fire started in piles of logging debris that were lighted in late November and early December, according to Grayback Forestry President Mike Wheelock, who also sent crews to help battle the blaze.

The fire about 15 miles up Elk Creek Road drew at least two 20-person hand crews, one bulldozer, seven engines and two water tenders. The blaze left some areas untouched, including spots where snow remained on the ground or creeks were still frozen.

"Interesting situation, fighting fires in the wintertime," Ballou said.

He added seeing a wildfire this early in the year is unusual.

Phoenix

'Winter wildfire' torches 70 acres in Union Country, South Carolina - where daytime temperature is currently 31F! - cause unknown

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The fire as seen from Bentley Town Road and Bald Rock Road in Union Co., Jan. 27, 2014
Firefighters in Union County and surrounding areas battled a brush fire that torched over 50 acres of land on Monday afternoon.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said the fire was first called in at 2 p.m. and spread rapidly, burning 50 to 70 acres of land off Bentle Town Road.

By nightfall, Taylor said most of the fire was under control after firefighter from multiple counties responded to the blaze. Scott Hawkins of the South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC) said they sent six units to help in the suppression of the wildfire.

Better Earth

Catastrophic fire danger warning issued as states brace for another heatwave in Australia

Australia heatwave
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Satellite data showing the extent of the last heatwave.
A catastrophic fire danger warning has been issued as parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales face another heatwave with temperatures set to hit 45 degrees in some areas.

By Tuesday, the area around the Victoria-NSW border will be experiencing a "severe" heatwave, according the the Bureau of Meteorology's new pilot program tracking the progress of heatwaves.

That area will expand across much of the inland border area and to inland Western Australia by Friday.

Forecasted strong winds in parts of South Australia have prompted the country fire service to issue a catastrophic fire danger warning on Tuesday for the lower south-east.

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'Unprecedented' for January: Wildfire breaks out in middle of the night in cold mountains of California

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Firefighters have contained a small wildland fire that flared up north of Incline Village early Friday morning.

Firefighters with the cold mountains of California Fire Protection District first got a report of the fire around 2:30 am.

It was burning above the Allison Subdivision near Ralston Court and Jennifer Street.

Crews took more than an hour and a half to reach the fire's edge after hiking about a mile through thick and heavy vegetation.

And they got it contained pretty quickly, though it continued to put up smoke for a while afterward.

Firefighters say our drought conditions can mean fires can start even in January. "This is one of the driest water years on record, this is really unprecedented for this area. Hopefully we get some moisture soon," says John Washington of the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters urge campers to only light campfires in designated campgrounds, and say it's important for homeowners to create defensible space around their property.

No structures were threatened.

The U.S. Forest Service has taken command of this fire.

The cause remains under investigation. If anyone has information regarding this incident, call Assistant Fire Marshal, Mark Regan at 775-461-6200.

Bizarro Earth

Winter wildfire weirdness continues as warnings spread to chilly Arkansas

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Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.

A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.

Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.

Thirty-two Arkansas counties now have burn bans in effect, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission says much of the state is at a high risk of wildfire danger.

Crusader

Cross all that remains standing amid California wildfire that destroyed 1,700 acres

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Amid the flames caused by wildfires in Southern California near Azusa Pacific University stands a 10- to 12-foot cross on top of a mountain peak
Wildfires in Southern California near Azusa Pacific University have claimed at least 1,700 acres and destroyed at least six homes.

But amid the flames, one iconic structure is still standing.

A 10- to 12-foot cross on top of a mountain peak in the Azusa mountains is visible for miles. The cross was originally erected in 2007, and many local residents often hike up to the lookout spot where it stands overlooking the San Gabriel Valley.

This week, flames ripped through the area and the cross appeared to be lost, according to early local reports. But the wood structure, which has become a fixture on Azusa Peak, survived unscathed.

"Everything in the mountains is burnt and gone, including the "A" for Azusa. After houses were burnt down, hundreds evacuated and the city covered in smoke, there was one thing left, not only standing, but untouched. God is good, God is powerful and God is worthy of all praise," one local person posted on Facebook.