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California wildfire leads to evacuations as 4,000 acres burn

Firefighters Silverado
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Firefighters battling the fire haul a hose while working to save a home in the Silverado community in Orange County, California.
A new California wildfire forced residents to flee their homes early Thursday after the blaze exploded in high winds across more than 4,000 acres in Orange County, according to officials.

After an already record-breaking year of wildfires, California was again hit late Wednesday when a house fire quickly spread to tinder-dry brush, sparking the out-of-control Bond Fire, which grew to over 6 square miles in Orange County's Silverado Canyon.

It rapidly spread across the region in winds that topped 70 mph, and by Thursday was burning about 4,000 acres, the Orange County Fire Association (OCFA) said on Twitter alongside dramatic video clips.

"We have received reports that there may be multiple structures damaged from the fire," the fire department said, saying they were "in the process of verifying the number involved and the extent of damage."

Dramatic video showed the region once again overwhelmed with red skies as officials ordered mandatory evacuations.

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Temperature extremes: Severe fire danger for Australia as November high temperatures smash records

The forecast heat map for the first day of summer with a renewed heatwave across inland eastern Australia

The forecast heat map for the first day of summer with a renewed heatwave across inland eastern Australia
Parts of Australia, including Sydney, sweltered through the hottest November night on record with temperatures likely to stay high on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a total fire ban.

Sydney CBD surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) on Saturday while swathes of western New South Wales, South Australia and northern Victoria baked through even higher temperatures nearing 45 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to cross 40 degrees for a second straight day on Sunday while the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a five or six-day heatwave for parts of northern New South Wales and southeast Queensland.


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Wildfires sweep through 10 northern Algerian provinces - 2 people killed

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Several wildfires broke out in 10 provinces in Algeria, and several city officials are reporting that this has been the worst year for wildfires in almost two decades.

The wildfires near the coastal city of Tipaza, west of the Algerian capital, have reportedly killed two people who sought shelter in a chicken coop and forced the evacuation of nearby residents.


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Australia's wildfires created a 'record-breaking' smoke plume in the upper atmosphere

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Australia's bushfires set a record for the largest smoke cloud generated by a wildfire, a new paper reports. The plume was at least three times larger than any previously recorded one.

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan's (USask) Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies say that last winter's Australian wildfires created a smoke cloud that pushed all the way to the stratosphere, some 35 kilometers above the surface, and reached incredible sizes. At its largest, it measured 1,000 kilometers across. The cloud remained intact for three months and traveled over 66,000 kilometers.

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"When I saw the satellite measurement of the smoke plume at 35 kilometres, it was jaw dropping. I never would have expected that," said Adam Bourassa, professor of physics and engineering physics, who led the USask group which played a key role in analyzing NASA satellite data.

Comment: The smoke these wildfires produce, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and volcanic eruptions, all jointly contribute to the increased dust-load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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Wind-fuelled wildfire in Southern California leads to evacuation order for 100,000

Weather conditions are hampering efforts to bring the fires under control
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Weather conditions are hampering efforts to bring the fires under control
A fast-burning wildfire has triggered evacuation orders for 60,000 Southern California residents, as hundreds of thousands elsewhere across the state endured a second straight day of power shutoffs due to heightened fire risks from high winds. The Silverado fire sparked early in Orange county, quickly jumping a highway and exploding to 4,000 acres. The fire had doubled in size within two hours, with strong wind gusts pushing flames along brushy ridges in Silverado canyon toward thousands of homes. The latest threats came amid California's worst wildfire season on record in terms of landscape burned, with more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) scorched since the start of the year, along with thousands of homes destroyed and 31 lives lost.


Comment: Four million acres burned in California wildfires


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East Troublesome wildfire in Colorado explodes to 170,000 acres: 'Really unheard of'

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East Troublesome fire
The East Troublesome Fire grew almost another 50,000 acres on Thursday, after growing about 100,000 acres Wednesday night. As of Thursday evening, the fire was estimated at 170,000 acres — making it the second largest fire in Colorado history.

"We prepare for the worst. This is the worst of the worst of the worst," Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said.


There are concerns the fire could merge with the Cameron Peak Fire, which has burned over 200,000 acres.


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Massive Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate

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In Boulder County, the CalWood fire exploded to nearly 9,000 acres leaving whole neighborhoods in ruin and forcing nearly 3,000 people to flee their homes. In Northern Colorado firefighters are scrambling to contain the Cameron Peak fire—the largest wildfire in state history.


Comment: Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history


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Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history

Cameron Peak Fire evacuation
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Airn Hartwig loads a chicken into a cardboard box as she evacuates due to the threat from the Cameron Peak Fire in Masonville, Colorado, on Wednesday.
The Cameron Peak Fire, burning just west of Fort Collins, is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history, Gov. Jared Polis said in a tweet Wednesday night.

The blaze has burned through more than 158,000 acres and is 56% contained, officials said. It was ignited on August 13 and has since been fueled by high winds and dangerous terrain that's worked against firefighters' efforts to battle the flames and increase containment.

It has now surpassed the Pine Gulch Fire, which burned about 139,007 acres earlier this year and the Hayman Fire, which burned through more than 138,000 acres in 2002, according to the US Department of Agriculture.The Cameron Peak Fire also prompted several evacuation orders Wednesday. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced there was a mandatory evacuation order for Lory State Park.


Comment: Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts


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Two dead as dozens of forest fires burn in Syria and Lebanon

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Forest fires in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon have killed two people and burned swathes of land since Thursday, state media and officials said.

Syrian state television on Saturday morning broadcast scenes from the affected areas, where firefighters were working to extinguish the blazes.

It said hundreds of hectares had burned in the countryside of Syria's coastal Latakia and Tartus provinces, and in the central Homs province.

The health ministry said two people died in Latakia province on Friday as a result of the fires, and that 70 people in the area were taken to hospital suffering breathing difficulties.



Snowflake Cold

Ice and fire in Argentina - 2 feet of late snowfall in Patagonia after storm

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Two feet of snow and far below freezing in some areas, temperatures up to 43°C in others.

Meteorología de la República Argentina

PATAGONIA - Snowflakes 50 to 60 cm (2 ft) of snow in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. With temperatures below zero, it differs from the North Argentina, registering thermal contrasts of + 40°C.