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  • Defence on standby to boost troops amid crisis (largest peacetime mobilisation in Oz history)

    11/11/2019 10:46:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) ^ | 12th November 2019 | Charles Miranda
    Navy helicopters usually used to hunt submarines have been deployed to identify fire hotspots around the country. The move came today as Defence drafted plans for an extraordinary deployment of Army Reservists to join regular troops committed to the fire fight. In what has now become the biggest ever military call-up for a civil emergency of its kind in Australia, squadrons of Army, Navy and RAAF aircraft were working through the day and night on operations as tasked by Emergency Management Australia. But critically, Defence is also now actively scoping a possible full “call out” of ADF Reservists - under...
  • Federal probe launched into Tesla for possible battery defects after 'alarming number of car fires'

    11/04/2019 2:31:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/03/19 | Julia Jacobo
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the possibility that battery defects in Tesla vehicles may have caused the cars to burst into flames. The investigation will involve certain battery management system software updates in Model S and Model X vehicles made between 2012 and 2019 in response to an "alarming number of car fires that have occurred worldwide," according to a letter the agency sent to Al Prescott, Tesla's deputy general counsel, on Oct. 24. The alleged defects in question are "high-voltage battery fires that are not related to collision or impact damage to the...
  • Arson investigators talk to residents of homeless encampment near Easy fire ignition point

    10/31/2019 1:35:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Daily News ^ | 10/30/19 | Olga Grigoryants
    As firefighters battled the growing Easy fire in Simi Valley that exploded Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, to more than 1,300 acres, investigators were on the ground near the area where it is thought to have ignited. The blaze, which ignited around 6 a.m., quickly grew and was nearing the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library by midmorning. Arson investigators talked to people living at a homeless encampment on Easy Street. Silke Brown, 48, and her boyfriend Bill were in their tent near Easy Street in Simi Valley when someone started yelling, “Fire, fire!,” she said. The couple grabbed backpacks and started running...
  • Jerry Brown Blames Trump, Republicans for California Fires: ‘The Blood Is on Your Soul’

    10/30/2019 8:43:52 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 73 replies
    breitbart ^ | 30 Oct 2019 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Governor Jerry Brown told Congress on Tuesday President Trump and the Republican Party were responsible for the ongoing California fires because of their opposition to drastic climate change policies. “California’s burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all,” Brown told the House Oversight Committee. “The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality. … This is real.” Brown was testifying against efforts by the Trump administration to rescind California’s waiver that previously allowed it to set its...
  • Californians struggle after latest blackout hits 1.5 million

    10/30/2019 7:13:37 AM PDT · by IndispensableDestiny · 97 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 30, 2019 | JANIE HAR and JOCELYN GECKER
    That fire was caused when a dry branch from a eucalyptus tree was flung 30 feet (9 meters) by high winds into a city Department of Water and Power line, which short-circuited and sparked, the utility and Fire Department announced Tuesday. The power line had been operating safely and the DWP had cut away brush and trees from around the line, officials said. Mayor Eric Garcetti called it an “act of God.”
  • California regulator to probe whether utility companies broke rules by shutting [tr]

    10/29/2019 9:14:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2019 | Andrew Court
    California regulators say they will open a formal probe into whether utilities companies violated any rules by cutting power to millions of residents as a precaution during recent periods of high winds and heightened wildfire risks. The announcement on Monday did not single out any utilities by name, but the bulk of 'public safety power shut-offs' under scrutiny were implemented by Pacific Gas and Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp, California's largest investor-owned utility. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January, citing $30 billion in civil liability from major wildfires sparked by its equipment in 2017 and 2018, including last...
  • Kathy Griffin films unstoppable California wildfire encroaching on her home [tr]

    10/29/2019 7:26:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2019 | Staff
    A wildfire swept through the star-studded hills of Los Angeles on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing celebrities like Kathy Griffin, LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger to flee along with thousands of other people. Meanwhile, a blaze in Northern California wine country exploded in size. Terrified students at Mount Saint Mary's University were also forced to flee around midnight, taking what they could in their cars, as the flames ramped up toward the campus. Classes at UCLA were also canceled. The flames roared up a steep hillside near the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles' Brentwood section illustrated...
  • A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Fire (only 11.24 years left)

    10/28/2019 5:43:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 10/28/19 | Thomas Fuller, Kendra Pierre-Louis
    SAN FRANCISCO — Facing down 600 wildfires in the past three days alone, emergency workers rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people in Southern California on Thursday as a state utility said one of its major transmission lines broke near the source of the out-of-control Kincade blaze in Northern California. **SNIP** The idea that fire could itself be used to help fight fire and restore ecosystems first gained institutional acceptance in the South. In 1958 a policy change was made to allow for the first prescribed burn in a national park, at Everglades National Park in Florida. For some...
  • LeBron James is among 200,000 people evacuated from their homes as wildfires continue [tr]

    10/28/2019 6:26:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 28, 2019 | Ariel Zilber
    Wildfires are continuing to ravage California as they force 200,000 to flee their homes and threaten the Getty Center which houses historic artwork. NBA star LeBron James was among those to flee their homes. He took to Twitter writing: 'Man these LA (fire emoji) aren't no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I've been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!' Eighteen minutes later he wrote an update: 'Finally found a place to accommodate us! Crazy night man!' He also added: 'I (praying hands) for all the families in the area that...
  • Kincade Fire Sonoma County California--Link is Map

    10/27/2019 2:28:12 PM PDT · by Syncro · 60 replies
    sonomacounty.maps ^ | 10-27-19 | Sonoma County
    The fire is spreading to the SW and East. The map updates if you refresh, and can be zoomed in and out. Many areas have been evacuated and others are under Evacuation Warnings. Many areas are in power outages and planed outage areas.
  • So. Cal. is on fire again (Canyon Country)

    10/24/2019 3:13:15 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 48 replies
    Watching ABC local news . A fire is burning in Canyon Country. Moving fast. Approx. 850 acres so far.
  • Nominee to oversee NWS wants to privatize weather forecasting

    10/17/2019 3:09:18 AM PDT · by Norski · 6 replies
    Wildfire Today ^ | October 15, 2019 | Bill Gabbert
    Barry Myers is the former CEO of Accuweather NOAA NWSThe person that has been nominated to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service, thinks the NWS should reduce or eliminate the weather analysis and forecasting products it makes available to taxpayers. Barry Meyers resigned from his CEO position at Accuweather, a company founded by his brother Joel, in order to improve his chances of being confirmed by the Senate and Congress to run NOAA. The executives at Mr. Meyers’ family business would like to continue receiving weather data at no charge that NOAA and...
  • Officials Investigating If [4.5] Earthquake Triggered Explosion, Fire at...Fuel Storage Facility

    10/16/2019 11:34:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/16/2019
    The earthquake struck about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast from the NuStar Energy fuel storage facility in the Bay Area community of Crockett 15 hours before the Tuesday fire that consumed thousands of gallons (liters) of fuel. Aftershocks in the same area were still being felt Wednesday, including one with a 3.4 magnitude. State and local inspectors were investigating the fire that shut down the facility, which according to the company has 24 tanks capable of holding more than 3 million barrels of different kinds of fuels. The seven-hour blaze erupted in towering, stubborn flames Tuesday afternoon at the facility...
  • Refinery Fire in Crockett, CA

    10/15/2019 4:09:58 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 32 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | 10/15/2019 | Amy Hollyfield
    Reports of a tank farm fire at the refinery in Crockett, CA. The tanks are some ways from the main plant, however the fire is spreading to other tanks. Three are alight so far. Information comes from someone on site.
  • Not all heroes wear capes: MCTS bus driver saves residents after rushing into burning building

    10/14/2019 6:06:44 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 3 replies
    CBS 58 ^ | October 10, 2019 | Pari Cruz
    A Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver was hailed a hero for helping save people from a burning building. MCTS driver Chanaye Brown was honored on Thursday, Oct. 10 for stepping in when help was needed. Brown was driving her route on Jan. 5, when she saw flames coming from the window of a home near 79th and Hampton. Video from inside the bus shows Brown leap into action after spotting the fire. "I'm going to see if I can get somebody's attention," Brown can be heard saying on video. In the video, you can see Brown run toward the...
  • Tempers flare as millions in California endure power outages from PG&E

    10/10/2019 6:54:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 179 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 10. 2019 | Taryn Luna, Maria L. La Ganga, Patrick McGreevy, Joseph Serna
    Classes were canceled. Frozen foods melted. Hospitals switched to emergency generators. Blooms withered in florists’ coolers. Unused food was jettisoned at shuttered restaurants. Lines formed at gas stations. Cellphones faded out. That’s what happened Wednesday when the state’s largest utility shut off power to millions of Californians in a drastic attempt to avoid the killer wildfires that have charred hundreds of thousands of acres, caused billions of dollars in damage and spurred cries for widespread change in how electricity is delivered over the state’s aging grid.
  • Analysis of wildfire danger during the California wind event using Hot-Dry-Windy Index

    10/09/2019 2:13:52 PM PDT · by Norski · 9 replies
    Wildfire Today ^ | October 8, 2019 | Bill Gabbert
    Weather forecasters expect the wildland fire danger in some areas of California to be extreme Tuesday night and into Thursday. Strong north to northeast winds accompanied by low humidity has triggered Red Flag Warnings putting land managers on edge. PG&E is so worried it is proactively turning off the electrical power to 600,000 addresses in nearly 30 northern, central, coastal, and Bay Area counties. We consulted a fairly new fire danger forecasting tool to see how it analyzed what firefighters will be faced with for the next few days. The Hot-Dry-Windy Index (HDW) is described as being very simple and...
  • California's PG&E cuts power to more than 1M residents to prevent wildfires

    10/09/2019 10:53:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 105 replies
    FOX Business ^ | October 9, 2019
    Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s biggest utility company, shut off electricity to more than 1 million people on Wednesday in an effort to prevent wildfires caused by downed power lines. The utility said it cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Northern California and that it plans to gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. A second group of about 234,000 customers will lose power starting at noon, the utility said. The power outages are expected to affect about 2.5 million people. The utility plans to shut...
  • Downtown Denison Texas on fire.

    10/09/2019 9:22:37 AM PDT · by MrEdd · 14 replies
    Can see it from here | Moi
    There is a fire in historical downtown Denison. I have done contract work in a lot of the buildings there, and many of them are ancient lathe board structures that burn fast and hot if something like this happens.
  • Mid Afternoon Wake Me Up!

    10/08/2019 4:16:05 PM PDT · by abigkahuna · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1968 | Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Was nodding off at my desk writing scripts here in the RV for tomorrows prodiction...anyway I went looking for something to wake me up.... This was it! Two Minutes and 55 seconds of pure wake me up!