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Tag Archive: USA


Earth Watch Report  –  Chemical Leak

Tier incident 2

Niagara Falls firefighters and police responded to an incident at Tier Holdings at 33 S. Hyde Park Blvd. about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

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12.06.2013 HAZMAT USA State of New York, Niagara Falls [Tier New York LLC] Damage level
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HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 02:53 (02:53 AM) UTC.

 

Description
City police and firefighters responded to a chlorine leak just before 9:30 a.m. today at Tier Holding, a facility that uses caustic materials to clean and scrubs tank cars for chemical companies. According to the Niagara Falls Fire Department a plume of smoke, later identified as the chemical titanium tetrachloride, was released into the air, affecting some employees on the site at 33 South Hyde Park Boulevard. Both Tier Holding and nearby businesses were temporarily evacuated. The caustic material used for scrubbing had reportedly reacted with a chemical in the tank causing the titanium tetrachloride to be released. The release was identified as a “small leak” that did not register on monitoring meters, according to the Niagara Falls Fire Department, and the site was determined to be under control at 9:47 a.m. About 10 employees took their own vehicles to a local hospital to be checked.

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Hazmat

Chlorine spill forces evacuation of Haslett YMCA
Chlorine spill forces evacuation of Haslett YMCA: The Parkwood YMCA in Haslett was evacuated at around 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, after a minor chlorine spill was reported in the facility’s pool mechanical room. Kristen M. Daum | LSJ.com

19.04.2013 HAZMAT USA State of Michigan, Haslett [YMCA] Damage level
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HAZMAT in USA on Friday, 19 April, 2013 at 16:43 (04:43 PM) UTC.

Description
Three people have been transported to a Lansing area hospital after the Parkwood YMCA in Haslett was evacuated this morning due to a liquid chlorine leak. Meridian Township Fire Inspector Mark Hornberger said a liquid chlorine leak of less than 20 gallons started about 9:45 a.m. in a mechanical room and fumes spread in the building. The three people taken to the hospital were experiencing respiratory problems, he said. Seven other people were evaluated but not transported. Officials are diluting the chlorine at the facility at 2306 Haslett Road as part of the cleanup process. YMCA officials were not immediately available for comment. I’s not clear when the facility will reopen.

YMCA in Haslett to reopen Saturday after chlorine spill

Leak prompted evacuation, 3 taken to hospital

Apr. 19, 2013 4:45 PM   |

HASLETT — Crews are still working this afternoon to clean up a liquid chlorine spill at the Parkwood YMCA in Haslett, but the facility will reopen to the public at 7 a.m. Saturday, executive director Michelle Prinz said.

Prinz referred all other questions to Tony Fragale, president and CEO at YMCA of Lansing.

Fragale said he was grateful for authorities’ quick response to the spill, which was less than 20 gallons.

“It was only because the response was so quick that this wasn’t so great,” he said.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  National Seismic Activity

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US/AAM, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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US/ACSO, Alum Creek State Park, Ohio, USA

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US/AGMN, Agassiz Natl Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota,USA

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US/AMTX, Amarillo, Texas, USA

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US/BINY, Binghamton, New York, USA

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US/BLA, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

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US/BMO, Blue Mountain Array, Baker, Oregon, USA

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US/BOZ, Bozeman, Montana, USA

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US/BRAL, Brewton, Alabama, USA

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US/BW06, Boulder Array Site 6, Pinedale, Wyoming, USA

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US/CBKS, Cedar Bluff, Kansas, USA

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US/CBN, Corbin, Virginia, USA

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US/CNNC, Cliffs of the Neuse, North Carolina, USA

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US/COWI, Conover, Wisconsin, USA

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US/DGMT, Dagmar, Montana, USA

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US/DUG, Dugway, Tooele County, Utah, USA

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US/ECSD, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

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US/EGAK, Eagle, Central Alaska, Alaska, USA

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US/EGMT, Eagleton, Montana, USA

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US/ERPA, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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US/EYMN, Ely, Minnesota, USA

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US/GLMI, Grayling, Michigan, USA

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US/GOGA, Godfrey, Georgia, USA

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US/HAWA, Hanford, Washington, USA

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US/HDIL, Hopedale, Illinois, USA

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US/HLID, Hailey, Idaho, USA

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US/ISCO, Idaho Springs, Colorado, USA

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US/JCT, Junction, Texas, USA

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US/JFWS, Jewell Farm, Wisconsin, USA

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US/KSU1, Kansas State Univ–Konza Prairie, Kansas, USA

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US/KVTX, Kingsville, Texas, USA

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US/LAO, LASA Array, Montana, USA

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US/LBNH, Lisbon, New Hampshire, USA

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US/LONY, Lake Ozonia, New York, USA

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US/LRAL, Lake Retreat, Alabama, USA

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US/MCWV, Mont Chateau, West Virginia, USA

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US/MIAR, Mount Ida, Arkansas, USA

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US/MNTX, Cornudas Mountains, Texas, USA

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US/MSO, Missoula, Montana, USA

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US/MVCO, Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA

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US/NATX, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

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US/NEW, Newport, Washington, USA

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US/NHSC, New Hope, South Carolina, USA

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US/NLWA, Neilton Lookout, Washington, USA

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US/OGNE, Ogallala, Nebraska, USA

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US/OXF, Oxford, Mississippi, USA

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US/PKME, Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine, USA

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US/RLMT, Red Lodge, Montana, USA

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US/SCIA, State Center, Iowa, USA

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US/SDCO, Great Sand Sundes National Park, Colorado, USA

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US/TPNV, Topopah Spring, Nevada, USA

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US/TZTN, Tazewell, Tennessee, USA

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US/VBMS, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

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US/WMOK, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma, USA

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US/WRAK, Wrangell Island, SE Alaska, Alaska, USA

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US/WUAZ, Wupatki, Arizona, USA

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US/WVOR, Wild Horse Valley, Oregon, USA

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Hazmat

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02.04.2013 HAZMAT USA State of Massachusetts, Salem Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 02 April, 2013 at 10:58 (10:58 AM) UTC.

Description
A mercury spill forced the evacuation of a Highland Avenue medical practice yesterday while crews mounted a lengthy cleanup effort. Deputy fire Chief Gerry Giunta said a wall-mounted mercury sphygmomanometer – or blood pressure meter – was somehow tipped over in an examination room at North Shore Cardiovascular Associates shortly after noon, causing the mercury inside to spill out onto the linoleum floor. “When it’s out of its containers, it turns into all these little BBs and they go rolling all over everything,” Giunta said. An employee was in the room with a patient at the time of the spill, but it was unclear exactly how exactly how it occurred.

“Someone was either cleaning or bumped it,” Giunta said, adding that the amount of mercury spilled could have been as little as 30 milliliters. Mercury is a volatile liquid that can produce its own vapors when not contained and becomes more volatile the more heated it becomes. Giunta said any inhalation of its vapors is considered particularly dangerous. Nobody was injured in the accident, and the people in the room extricated themselves. The woman who was closest to the spill removed her shoes on the way out and left them by the room – but Giunta said they were determined to be uncontaminated.

Firefighters sealed off the room, cordoned off a section of the floor and called for help from the District 6 Hazardous Materials Team, which was conducting a drill in Dracut and took about 40 minutes to arrive. When they showed up, the crew used a mercury vacuum to pick up the largest particles on the floor. But a representative of the Department of Public Health then conducted further testing of the area with more sensitive equipment and determined that the mercury hadn’t been entirely cleaned up. The entire floor was then evacuated, and an outside company was called in to conduct a more through decontamination. Engine 4 and Ladder 1 ventilated the building. Giunta said the practice was hoping to reopen by this morning, but that it was unclear how long the decontamination process would take.

Mass. Medical Office Evacuated by Mercury Spill

Neil H. Dempsey
The Salem News, Beverly, Mass.
Created: April 2, 2013

A wall-mounted mercury sphygmomanometer broke in a Salem medical practice building forcing firefighters to evacuate the office.

April 02–SALEM — A mercury spill forced the evacuation of a Highland Avenue medical practice yesterday while crews mounted a lengthy cleanup effort.

Deputy fire Chief Gerry Giunta said a wall-mounted mercury sphygmomanometer — or blood pressure meter — was somehow tipped over in an examination room at North Shore Cardiovascular Associates shortly after noon, causing the mercury inside to spill out onto the linoleum floor.

“When it’s out of its containers, it turns into all these little BBs and they go rolling all over everything,” Giunta said.

An employee was in the room with a patient at the time of the spill, but it was unclear exactly how exactly how it occurred.

“Someone was either cleaning or bumped it,” Giunta said, adding that the amount of mercury spilled could have been as little as 30 milliliters.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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US/AAM, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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US/ACSO, Alum Creek State Park, Ohio, USA

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US/AGMN, Agassiz Natl Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota,USA

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US/AMTX, Amarillo, Texas, USA

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US/BINY, Binghamton, New York, USA

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US/BLA, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

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US/BMO, Blue Mountain Array, Baker, Oregon, USA

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US/BOZ, Bozeman, Montana, USA

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US/BRAL, Brewton, Alabama, USA

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US/BW06, Boulder Array Site 6, Pinedale, Wyoming, USA

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US/CBKS, Cedar Bluff, Kansas, USA

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US/CBN, Corbin, Virginia, USA

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US/CNNC, Cliffs of the Neuse, North Carolina, USA

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US/COWI, Conover, Wisconsin, USA

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US/DGMT, Dagmar, Montana, USA

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US/DUG, Dugway, Tooele County, Utah, USA

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US/ECSD, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

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US/EGAK, Eagle, Central Alaska, Alaska, USA

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US/EGMT, Eagleton, Montana, USA

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US/ERPA, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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US/EYMN, Ely, Minnesota, USA

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US/GLMI, Grayling, Michigan, USA

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US/GOGA, Godfrey, Georgia, USA

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US/HAWA, Hanford, Washington, USA

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US/HDIL, Hopedale, Illinois, USA

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US/HLID, Hailey, Idaho, USA

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US/ISCO, Idaho Springs, Colorado, USA

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US/JCT, Junction, Texas, USA

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US/JFWS, Jewell Farm, Wisconsin, USA

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US/KSU1, Kansas State Univ–Konza Prairie, Kansas, USA

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US/KVTX, Kingsville, Texas, USA

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US/LAO, LASA Array, Montana, USA

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US/LBNH, Lisbon, New Hampshire, USA

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US/LONY, Lake Ozonia, New York, USA

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US/LRAL, Lake Retreat, Alabama, USA

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US/MCWV, Mont Chateau, West Virginia, USA

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US/MIAR, Mount Ida, Arkansas, USA

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US/MNTX, Cornudas Mountains, Texas, USA

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US/MSO, Missoula, Montana, USA

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US/MVCO, Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA

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US/NATX, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

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US/NEW, Newport, Washington, USA

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US/NHSC, New Hope, South Carolina, USA

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US/NLWA, Neilton Lookout, Washington, USA

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US/OGNE, Ogallala, Nebraska, USA

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US/OXF, Oxford, Mississippi, USA

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US/PKME, Peaks-Kenny State Park, Maine, USA

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US/RLMT, Red Lodge, Montana, USA

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US/SCIA, State Center, Iowa, USA

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US/SDCO, Great Sand Sundes National Park, Colorado, USA

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US/TPNV, Topopah Spring, Nevada, USA

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US/TZTN, Tazewell, Tennessee, USA

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US/VBMS, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

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US/WMOK, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma, USA

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US/WRAK, Wrangell Island, SE Alaska, Alaska, USA

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US/WUAZ, Wupatki, Arizona, USA

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US/WVOR, Wild Horse Valley, Oregon, USA

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Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fire

10.03.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Virginia, Gate City Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 10 March, 2013 at 17:38 (05:38 PM) UTC.

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Virginia Department of Forestry crews and Scott County volunteer firefighters spent several hours Saturday battling a wildfire that burned more than a dozen acres of forest just north of Gate City. VDOF officials said the blaze, which began just before 3 p.m. approximately four miles north of Gate City, claimed a total of 15 acres of mostly wooded land. Crews with the VDOF, the Gate City Volunteer Fire Department and Duffield Volunteer Fire Department worked until 7 p.m. to bring the fire under control, forestry officials said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined and is still under investigation. The fire reportedly began in a field off Harness Lane before spreading to the nearby forest. A forestry official said measures had to be taken to protect several nearby homes and farm structures. The official noted that burning is currently prohibited in Virginia prior to 4 p.m. because of dry conditions that are normally seen this time of year. The 4 p.m. burn ban began Feb. 15 and remains in effect through April 30.

Wildfire burns 15 acres in Scott County

Published March 10th, 2013 11:27 am

GATE CITY — Virginia Department of Forestry crews and Scott County volunteer firefighters spent several hours Saturday battling a wildfire that burned more than a dozen acres of forest just north of Gate City.

VDOF officials said the blaze, which began just before 3 p.m. approximately four miles north of Gate City, claimed a total of 15 acres of mostly wooded land.

Crews with the VDOF, the Gate City Volunteer Fire Department and Duffield Volunteer Fire Department worked until 7 p.m. to bring the fire under control, forestry officials said.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined and is still under investigation.

The fire reportedly began in a field off Harness Lane before spreading to the nearby forest. A forestry official said measures had to be taken to protect several nearby homes and farm structures.

The official noted that burning is currently prohibited in Virginia prior to 4 p.m. because of dry conditions that are normally seen this time of year.

The 4 p.m. burn ban began Feb. 15 and remains in effect through April 30.

 Hazmat

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Today HAZMAT USA State of Illinois, Woodridge [83rd Street and near Interstate 355] Damage level
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HAZMAT in USA on Friday, 25 January, 2013 at 05:59 (05:59 AM) UTC.

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A condominium building in Woodridge was evacuated Thursday after authorities discovered a small amount of the toxic chemical potassium cyanide, police said. Woodridge Police Chief Ken Boehm said police were asked to conduct a well-being check at the four-unit building near 83rd Street and Interstate 355. While inside one of the units, authorities discovered the potassium cyanide. Boehm said he didn’t know exactly how much of the chemical was found but said it wasn’t a lot. The building was evacuated temporarily, and the chemical was contained and removed from the building by responding emergency personnel, Boehm said. No one was injured. No other information was available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website said: “Potassium cyanide releases hydrogen cyanide gas, a highly toxic chemical asphyxiant that interferes with the body’s ability to use oxygen. Exposure to potassium cyanide can be rapidly fatal.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fires

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Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Fort Collins region] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 21 January, 2013 at 03:50 (03:50 AM) UTC.

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Firefighters managed to contain a wildfire that was burning north of Fort Collins Saturday afternoon. According to the Poudre Fire Authority, a passerby reported seeing a fire in the trees near Larimer County Road 60 and Savvy Place. Firefighters found a quickly-moving grass fire upon arriving at the scene and had to call for additional units. The Poudre Fire Authority, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the Wellington Fire Protection District assisted with 15 units and approximately 30 people. Authorities said the fire was contained by 3:22 p.m., after an estimated 80-100 acres had burned. The sheriff’s office said the fire started when an illegal burn got out of control. One shed was damaged in the fire. No evacuations or road closures were issued.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Forest / Wild Fire

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Texas, [Manor City area] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 22 December, 2012 at 04:34 (04:34 AM) UTC.

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Crews worked to control a large grass fire in Manor on Friday afternoon south of U.S. 290 and west of the Texas 45 toll road. No structures were threatened, but firefighters were attempting to corral the flames by moistening the dry brush surrounding the fire. Firefighters at were sent just before 4 p.m. to the 7600 block of Daffon Lane, which is near the Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course and Walter E. Long Lake. By 4:30, they were able to douse the flames. The region remains under a fire danger because of the extremely dry conditions.

 

 

Earth Watch Report  –    Forest/Wild Fires

 

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19.11.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of North Carolina, [Great Smoky Mountains National Park] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 19 November, 2012 at 04:25 (04:25 AM) UTC.

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Firefighters are dealing with a 50 acre wildfire on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Raven Fork fire is located near Cherokee, between Big Cove road and Raven Fork. Officials say it began Saturday evening. As of Sunday night, 20 firefighters had about 50 percent contained. Rangers describe it as a low intensity fire, with flames less than a foot in size. They have set up containment lines around the fire. No structures are being threatened. All trails and roads are still open, but drivers are being asked to use caution. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fire burns 50 acres in the Smoky Mountains 

CHEROKEE, N.C. (WATE) – Firefighters fought a 50 acre wildfire on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend.

The Raven Fork fire is located near Cherokee, North Carolina between Big Cove Road and Raven Fork.

Officials said it began Saturday evening.

As of Monday afternoon, 30 firefighters were able to contain about 70 percent of the fire.

Rangers described it as a low-intensity fire, with flames less than a foot in size. They have set up containment lines around the fire.

No structures are being threatened.

All trails and roads are still open, but drivers are being asked to use caution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.