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Wildfire season 2013 - only 2012 never ended

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. phrelin

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    While a horrendous wildfire has been burning in Australia, several small ones have already occurred in parts of the U.S.

    But perhaps the most curious news story has been the Fern Lake fire three miles away from Estes Park, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, a fire that started in October and continues to smolder under several inches of snow in the bitter cold. (You can Google a story on it.)

    So I thought I'd start the 2013 wildfire thread with more than a small amount of fear and trepidation, knowing that on Sunday there was this story Firefighters contain 80-acre wildfire northwest of Fort Collins with this picture:

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    Meanwhile a Jacksonville Florida TV station offers this story Dry cold and winds bring more wildfire risk

    Here in California CalFire's twitter feed shows only a Union Pacific freight train derailment with no fire near Colfax. Hopefully they'll continue to show no wildfires.
     
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    So I started this thread 01-21-13, 10:11 PM. only to have "Blaze consumes more than 300 acres" appear in our local headlines 24 hours later. Fortunately it started raining this morning and the fire was contained. Perhaps I shouldn't have started this thread....
     
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    Seems like it's been a fairly wet winter for most of CA. The last two years have had very minimal Santa Ana winds in SoCal which has kept the big wildfires here to a minimum also. Of course that just means more fuel piling up in the foothills.

    Sure would be nice to get some controlled burns done in the wet season to create buffer zones and just work off 'fuel' in areas not burned for long periods.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2013 #4 of 51
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    And so it is two days into February and from Camp Blanding wildfire to grow to 700 acres:
     
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    Just to note that wildfires have been burning, here are today's stories:
    Even though it's just March, these kind of headlines have appeared frequently across the country.
     
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    For the record, a number of wildfires have occurred since my last post. Here are examples of stories:

    From Kennedy Space Center, Florida:
    And from Bozeman, Montana:
    And from California:
     
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    http://ktla.com/2013/04/26/ca-officials-worried-by-45-jump-in-wildfires/
     
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    Yep, looking like May may be the new October...

    Banning fire is over 3k acres now and another one threatening Camarillo, CA
     
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    Yeah, here's the AP story on the Camarillo Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif. which tells us:
    And the LA Times Story headline (notice the plural): California fires: Residents flee as flames advance along with the ominous picture:

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    Red flag warnings have extended up and down the entire State this October week April-May week but we're safe because Jerry Brown says us he has a lot of money. Of course he and the Legislature will have to reallocate it back to CalFire, see if they can find some planes since the feds have sequestered their fire resources, etc.
     
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    And we have more fires in Northern California Fires burning near Butte Meadows. And a story at a Sacramento TV station tells us:
    Here's the CalFire map of major incidents this year, red ones being active right now:

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    It is totally nuts here in Colorado, while there are wildfires in one area in other areas we are getting extreme late season snowfall. I dont know what to expect anymore
     
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    From a wildfire standpoint, this drought conditions projection map is not very encouraging for those of us who live in Northern California and Oregon.

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    California is definitely in the national news, I have seen multiple reports on the fire outside Camarillo
     
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    The AP story tonight explains:
    What's so frustrating is that this fire season was predictable, but the State really wasn't prepared and still isn't.
     
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    I know some I've talked to feel like I'm overreacting about how botched the State of California 2013 wildfire planning has been, but the Ventura County Star which keeps one of those timed latest development reporting logs going reported this tonight:

    Sounds great, but they should have been flying this morning.
     
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