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179 forest fires raging across Russia

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Thick smoke from forest fires burning in Siberia on July 5, 2012 (left) and July 9, 2012 (right.)
Almost 180 forest fires are raging across Russia, head of the North Western Federal District Forest Department Andrei Karpilovich told a Monday press conference in St. Petersburg. "A total of 100 forest fires were put out on 17,300 hectares in Russia over the past day," he said, referring to data from regional forest authorities.

"In all, Russia has had 15,710 forest fires this season. The rate is practically unchanged since last year. The fires passed through 1.283 million hectares or 138,000 hectares less than last year," Karpilovich said. Eleven constituents of the Russian Federation announced fire emergency situations, he noted. The biggest number of wildfires was reported from Komi and the Arkhangelsk region, while the Kaliningrad region did not have any, he said.

In turn, Leningrad Regional Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Alexei Eglit said that the total number of wildfires in the Leningrad region had been declining over the past decade. "The human factor is always the main cause of forest fires. In the past four to five years people's awareness has grown. We have much less fires now than a decade ago," he said.
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The view from West Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday 11 Julywas obscured by thick smoke from forest fires burning in Siberia.
Source: Interfax

Phoenix

Wildfire rages on Spanish-French border, kills three people

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Firemen try to extinguish fire close to Figueres in northern Spain.
High winds fan flames and hamper firefighters' efforts in the Costa Brava tourist haven close to the French border

Three people have died after forest fires broke out in Girona province, north-east Spain.

The area in Catalonia is close to the French border and home to one of the most popular beach destinations in Spain, the Costa Brava.

Strong winds hindered firefighters' efforts on Sunday and have so far spread two fires over 13,000 hectares (22,000 acres).

A man and his 15-year-old daughter were killed after jumping off a cliff to escape the flames, while a third person died of a heart attack. El País newspaper said 19 people had been injured.

About 80km (50 miles) of roads have been cut off in the area, a big artery for holidaymakers making their way to and from southern France in the coastal province. Residents were being told to stay at home, while the winds were pushing the fires towards Figueres, a town of around 50,000 people.

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Wildfires Battled in Western Idaho Near US 95

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Some 20 large wildfires are burning in eight Western states
Crews battle western Idaho fire near U.S. Highway 95

Horseshoe Bend, Idaho - Authorities say U.S. Highway 95 has been reduced to one lane near Midvale as crews battle a 600-acre wildfire in western Idaho.

The Roadside Fire started early Friday and the cause has not yet been determined.

Denise Cobb with the Payette National Forest says the fire is burning on a mix of private, state, and federal land within the forest's protection zone. Officials reported just before 2 p.m. that the blaze had crossed Sage Creek and was heading northwest.

To the south, firefighters said a brush fire that burned 100 acres near Highway 55 outside of Horseshoe Bend had been contained. The Summit Ridge Fire ignited Thursday afternoon and forced the evacuation of more than 10 homes.

Bizarro Earth

Canary Islands Wildfires Continue to Rage

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Spanish authorities evacuated a town of 1,800 residents on the Canary Islands on Tuesday, after three days of firefighting efforts failed to prevent a raging wildfire from reaching it.

Residents were evacuating from the town of Vilaflor, south of the Teide national park that spans the centre of the Spanish island of Tenerife, as flames reached parts of the town.

Emergency services "are evacuating residents from Vilaflor due to the advance of the fire from the east," the regional government said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Extinguisher

Wildfire threatens dozens of homes in Northern California

A wildfire burning in a steep canyon between the towns of Colfax and Foresthill in Placer County, Calif., destroyed one home, threatened 170 more and injured nine firefighters, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing fire officials.

Cal[ifornia] Fire officials said Saturday that the Robbers Fire has burned 1,950 acres since igniting Wednesday afternoon, and was 20 percent contained. More than 1,900 firefighters are fighting the fire.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called in more firefighters and the California National Guard to help battle the fire.

Officials said they fire had moved into a rural subdivision Saturday evening known as Brushy Canyon, and three strike teams were being deployed to protect homes in the area, NBC station KCRA reported.

The area is in Placer County, west of Lake Tahoe.

Ken Pimlott, the state fire director, said a two-year reprieve from wildfires in the region appears to be over.

"The exceptionally dry winter has set the stage for a more active fire season this year, and we're seeing fire activity now that we would typically not see until late August," he said in a statement.

This article includes reporting by NBC station KCRA of Sacramento and The Associated Press.

Cow

Ranchers ravaged by fires, drought and scarce alfalfa

'We're going to run out of grass. It's shaping up to be scary,' says expert
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Ranchers herd cattle through Fairview, Utah, in order to get them away from a nearby wildfire on June 26.
It took less than an hour last month for a Montana wildfire to reduce Scott McRae's ranch to thousands of blackened acres devoid of the grasses that were to sustain hundreds of cattle.

"That is 500 mouths to feed with nothing to eat in sight," said McRae, 53, co-owner of a family ranch founded in the 1880s in southeastern Montana.

McRae is among scores of ranchers across the West whose grazing lands have been charred by blazes or ravaged by drought amid a regional shortfall of the alfalfa hay that could stave off starvation.

With drought affecting more than half the contiguous United States and less than a quarter of the nation's pasture and range rated good to excellent, cattle producers from Montana to Nevada are bracing for a rough season.

While some ranchers like McRae use private lands for grazing, many others pay modest fees to graze herds on acreage managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service under decades-old laws governing grazing on the West's vast federal lands.

Comment: Largest natural disaster area ever declared in U.S., over half the country in drought
Global food crisis looms as grain prices soar


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Source of deadly Colorado wildfire located, cause unknown

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A smoke plume is shown rising from the Fontenelle fire in Wyoming in this July 1, 2012 NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters July 5, 2012.
Denver (Reuters) - Investigators probing the cause of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history have located the point of ignition but have not concluded how the blaze started, officials said on Thursday.

At its height, the 12-day-old blaze forced the evacuation of some 35,000 people in and around Colorado Springs, the state's second most populous city, and threatened the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy before fire crews gained an upper hand late last week. It destroyed more than 300 homes and killed two people.

Since it was first reported on June 23, the blaze has burned more than 14,000 acres of drought-parched timber and brush, mostly in the Pike National Forest about 50 miles south of the Denver metropolitan area. But as of Thursday, ground crews had managed to carve containment lines around 90 percent of the fire's perimeter, said incident commander Rich Harvey.

Harvey said he anticipates full containment by late in the week as crews work to extinguish flames in a few stubborn areas. "When there's been no smoke visible and no heat detected for 24 hours, we'll be comfortable there will be no further growth and we'll call it 100 percent contained," Harvey said.

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The burn scar from the Waldo Canyon Fire is pictured in this handout photo from an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite by NASA, in Colorado Springs,Denver taken July 4, 2012

Comment: Perhaps they won't disclose what they claim to know because there's a lot more to these fires than meets the eye...

Reign of Fire: Meteorites, Wildfires, Planetary Chaos and the Sixth Extinction


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Smoke from Western Wildfires Reaches Atlantic Ocean

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In a June 28 satellite image, smoke from wildfires hangs over North America.
Dozens of wildfires are raging around the western United States, and the large-scale burns are sending smoke as far east as Greenland, according to some atmospheric models.

In all, about 60 wildfires are burning around the nation, from Alaska to Utah to Florida, and satellite images show hazy curtains of smoke hanging over huge portions of the eastern two-thirds of the country.

Smoke travels well, said Georg Grell, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colo.

The hotter the fire, the higher its smoke can go - and the higher the smoke goes into the atmosphere, the farther it typically travels, Grell told OurAmazingPlanet.

"The winds are much stronger up there, so it gets transported much quicker," he said. In addition, once smoke gets to certain altitudes, it's less likely to be washed out of the air by rainstorms, Grell said.

Smoke from extremely hot wildfires can rise 4 to 5 miles (7 to 8 kilometers) into the atmosphere, and can even trigger massive thunderstorms, but it's likely that the smoke from the recent spate of fires is hanging out about 1 mile (1.5 km) above the ground.

Alarm Clock

Reign of Fire: Meteorites, Wildfires, Planetary Chaos and the Sixth Extinction

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'Damn you al-qaeda!' An American flag waves in front of a house leveled by the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows community in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2 July 2012
Over the past 18 months, we've been growing increasingly concerned for the future of all life on planet earth. Sure, the signs that things have been going 'south' have been there for some time, but our concern began in earnest at the very beginning of 2011, when masses of birds began to fall dead from the sky around the world. The phenomenon continued for several months, and birds around the world are still dying for officially unknown reasons. None of the dead birds showed any sign of disease, but in several incidents birds were found to have 'external injuries' like they had been "hit by some kind of blunt instrument". All sorts of explanations for the deaths were offered (like fireworks or birds colliding with each other) including the predictable attempts by 'science experts' to downplay any significance to the bizarre deaths. But among the flurry of speculation, one report stood out.

NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson decided to take a look at the the Doppler radar images from Beebe, Arkansas from the night when many red-winged blackbirds had fallen dead to the ground, and he discovered something interesting.
"There it was. This huge plume of turbulence over the Beebe birds just as they began their frenzied flight," Johnson said.

The turbulence appears above the birds between about 7,000 and 12,000 feet. Johnson realized there are only a few possible explanations for this phenomena.
Having homed in on the probable cause, Johnson then introduced some nonsense:
"Birds don't fly that high, and he quickly ruled out military action, a sonic boom, meteor shower or alien invasion."
While we can understand why Johnson ruled out military action or a sonic boom (there were no flights over the area at the time), Johnson never explained why he ruled out a "meteor shower", although we can understand the inclusion of "alien invasion" - to ridicule by association the idea of a "meteor shower" or other meteorite-related phenomenon.

Johnson then went on to say:
"Something in the atmosphere, something mysterious, occurred over Beebe, Arkansas that night... And I believe it was part of what caused those birds to fly and then die."
Indeed, but with the answer staring him in the face, Johnson lost the plot completely:
Johnson's research captured an unseen temperature reversal just above the birds' roosting area at about 1,500 feet above the ground. This temperature "inversion" acted like a megaphone, amplifying all the noises that occurred in Beebe at that time. As the fireworks exploded, the sound was amplified by the inversion and became much louder than normal. This appears to have startled the birds so much that they burst into flight, running into each other, and nearby buildings. Thousands of the now-disoriented birds then crashed to the ground, dying from blunt force trauma.
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The Doppler radar image used by Johnson to explain the bird deaths. We have added the blue-green arrow to illustrate the trajectory of a meteor reaching that altitude before exploding in the lower atmosphere.
Temperature reversal? At 1,500 feet? But previously Johnson stated that the 'turbulence' occurred between 7,000 and 12,000 feet. He even produced a graph of the Doppler radar images that shows this. While temperature inversion does occur and can amplify sound, when birds are startled by noise they don't generally fly into each other and buildings in large numbers. What's most likely, is that the bird deaths of January 2011 (and later) were caused by an overhead meteorite or comet fragment (MoCF) explosion, with either the actual shock wave killing the birds (through blunt force trauma) or associated electrical effects 'frying' their 'circuits'.

This electrical effect can also explain the massive fish die-offs around the same time. Consider this report, just in today, about two children being mysteriously electrocuted to death as they swam in a lake in Missouri on 4th July. The thousands of dead fish found upstream from Beebe on New Year's Eve 2010 could well have had their circuits fried because of significant electrical discharge that accompanied the overhead MoCF airburst. Now check out this Tunguska blast simulation by Sandia lab. An incoming bolide exploding overhead would knock the wind out of anything within a radius relative to the extent of its blast. It would probably knock airplanes out of the sky too - more on that below.

Bizarro Earth

Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Sinkholes and more in the months of May and June 2012

May 2012

Storms, Wind and Rain, Flood and Drought
India Ferry Capsizes Due to Heavy Rain and Winds; 103 Dead, 100 Missing

Wettest April in 100 years - Sodden Britain braces for more floods

Flash floods kill 27 in Afghanistan- scores missing

Huge Dust Storm Swallows Iowa College Campus

Britain to see month's rain in one night as severe weather warnings issued

Widespread floods in Kenya kill 15 as 50,000 left homeless

At least 30 killed following flash flood in Takhar province, Afghanistan

More deadly floods strike north Afghanistan, 10,000 left homeless

Violent rainstorm wreaks havoc in North-Eastern France

Hurricane Season Comes Early This Year

Freak storm lashes Cannes film festival, soaking stars

Hurricane Bud could bring life-threatening conditions to Mexico

Hurricane Bud heading for area near Puerto Vallarta

North Korean Farmers Cite Grave Drought; Aid Unlikely

Montreal Floods: Heavy Rain Causes Power Failures, Shut Down Parts Of Metro
Abnormal Cold or Heat
Rare April Freezing Rain in Brazil

Forget The Floods And Get Ready To Shiver

Frost kills early blooms in Ontario, apple crop losses to top $100M

Farmers worry that May snow and freezing temperatures could bring crop failures to Britain

Scotland colder than the ARCTIC as country hit by snow and freezing weather

Hot Enough for You? Warmest May to April Ever for U.S

Britain's Coldest May in 300 Years

Unusual cold weather wiped out two of Morocco's primary crop exports

Northeast Ohio wine grapes destroyed by hard freeze

The Ice Age Cometh! Heavy snow surprises Bosnians after a hot weekend in mid May

First Time in 50 Years - Snow Hits Bosnian Capital

Snow and unusual weather in the UK Midlands

'Scientific experts' confounded by increasing snow cover on Mount Kilimanjaro

Late-season storm could bring summer snow to Sierra, California

Perth's Coldest May Night in 98 Years
Sinkholes
Family's terror as their Florida house is nearly engulfed by 100ft wide sinkhole

Sinkhole in Arkansas parking lot swallows SUV

Update: Massive Florida Sinkhole Expanding

Three sinkholes open up in Prince William County, Virginia

Huge sinkhole opens in Montreal after student protest

Massive Sinkhole Forms Near Central City, Colorado

Anoka County, Minneapolis sinkhole is growing
Hail, Tornadoes and Typhoons
Deadly tornado rips through eastern Japan

More Weird Weather: Supercell brings tornado to England

Twin Waterspouts Caught on Camera

40 Die in Chinese Hailstorm

Freak storm brings never seen before hail to Philippines, homes destroyed

Hailstorm rips through Cuttack, India, Capital hit too

Tornado Hits Weimar, Texas

Tornado damages 15 homes in North Port, Florida

Tornado Confirmed on Ground near Wausau, Wisconsin

Tornadoes strafe Kansas, damaging homes; 1 hurt

Tornadoes cause heavy property damage near Montreal
Earthquakes
USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.7 - Michoacan, Mexico

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Offshore Chiapas, Mexico

Cascadia tension: earthquake swarm continues off the coast of Vancouver

Azerbaijan hit with strongest earthquake in 4 years- swarm of tremors follow

Civil Defense of Peru issues earthquake warnings after two days of abnormal tremor activity

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel and Palestine

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northeast India

Moderate earthquake hits Tajikistan: USGS

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Tarapaca, Chile

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Papua New Guinea

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Off The Coast of Aisen, Chile

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Northern Italy

Update: Powerful quake kills at least 3 in northern Italy

In pictures: Italy earthquake

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Off The East Coast of Honshu, Japan

M6.2 quake and several above M5.0 hit off Northeast Japan in last day

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.6 - Bulgaria

Japan Quake Aftershock Tally Exceeds 5,000

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 (Magnitude Changed to 6.0) - Hokkaido, Japan

Magnitude 5.8 Bulgarian Earthquake Followed By 80 Aftershocks, Worst in Region Since 1917

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Norwegian Sea

Earthquake Magnitude 4.8 shakes nervous Christchurch, sending shoppers fleeing into the streets

5.6 earthquake which jolted Bulgaria was strongest since 1858, and the aftershocks continue

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Bonin Islands, Japan Region

Fourth earthquake rocks East Texas

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.7 - Santiago Del Estero, Argentina

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.8 - Northern Italy (aftershocks included)

Update: Italy Hit by 2nd Deadly Quake in Days; Death Toll at 16
Mass Animal Deaths
32 Dead Porpoises Worry Wildlife Experts

Fish Pond in Shenzhen Ravaged Overnight

Peru pelican and dolphin deaths prompt warning to stay off beaches

Mysterious fish kill under investigation in Kuwait

Mystery Surrounds Dead Pelicans Found Along Indian River

Peru Says 5,000 Birds, Nearly 900 Dolphins Dead

2,300 Birds Found Dead Along Chilean Beaches

Mass Bird Deaths: Mystery Linked To El Nino

Pacific Mystery: What's Killing the Dolphins and the Pelicans?

Bee Kills and Genetic Engineering in the Corn Belt

Dead Fish Pile up on Mula-Mutha Banks

Dolphin Deaths in Peru: The Mystery Deepens

60,000 to 100,000 dead fish wash up eastern shores of U.S. near Chesapeake Bay

Black Sea Ecologists Alarmed By Dolphin Deaths

Hundreds of Endangered Antelopes Dying in Kazakhstan

Thousands of Shellfish Found Dead in Peru
Volcanoes
Mount Asphyxia Volcano Erupts - South Sandwich Islands

Popocatepetl Volcano Threatens Millions with Gas and Ash, Mexico on High Alert

Increased Volcanic Activity at Mt. Baekdu

Pagan Island Volcano Erupts in Mariana Islands

Icelandic volcano warming up for eruption: Small glacier flood continues at Katla

Mexico Volcano Spews Huge Ash Cloud, Frightens Villagers

Growing fears that huge North Korean volcano will soon erupt

Blasts Continue to Menace People Near Popocatepetl Volcano

Dramatic eruption seen at Sakurajima volcano in Japan

Guatemala Fuego Volcano Spits Lava and Ash

Is an eruption at Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano imminent?

Residents evacuated near Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano after gas emission

Growing unrest: preventive alert declared for three Costa Rican volcanoes

500 evacuated from vicinity of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Fires
Three Forest Fires Burn Out of Control in Alberta; Fire Ban in Effect

Clouds of Smoke, Ash from Forest Fire Lead to State of Emergency in Timmins

Wildfires Hit Six U.S. States, Small Towns Evacuated
Miscellaneous
Mysterious smell detected in Tel Aviv, Israel

Mystery smell in Tel Aviv: Source still unknown

Source of Vibrating Houses Traced to Methane Gas From Landfill

Mysterious Noises, Vibrations Reported in Austin

Mystery Earthquake Near McCall Puzzles Scientists, Technicians

Purple Skies

'Roll Clouds' Filmed in Texas, Montana 29-30 May

Greenland Glaciers Are Speeding Up

Bering Sea Sees Surprising Record Ice Cover

Destabilization: Scientists discover new unstable region the size of New Jersey under Antarctica Ice Sheet

Researchers find New Zealand more seismically unstable than previously thought

Japan's Mt. Fuji a Ticking Time-bomb? Scientists Find 30 km Long Active Fault

Sumatra Volcanoes May Pack Deadly Punch

In less than 24 hours, Lake Cachet II in Chile's southern Patagonia vanished
'Climate Change'
Rise and Fall of Underwater Volcano Revealed

Last Ice Age took just SIX months to arrive

Global Cooling on the Way? Lake Sediment Proves Sun Cooled Earth 2,800 Years Ago and Could Happen Again Soon!

Japan tornado: Temperature differences spawned supercell storm

Belief That CO2 Can Regulate Climate Is 'Sheer Absurdity' Says Prominent German Meteorologist

Canadian Journalist exposes UN IPCC 'leading scientists' to be ideologically compatible grad students

US Offense Secretary Panetta: Climate change a national security threat

Global Warming Propaganda Alert! NASA Scientist James Hanson Says Civilization Will Be At Risk if Canada Exploits Oil Sands

Climate Change Nonsense: Dinosaur flatulence may have led to global warming