Tag Archive: wildfire


 

 Earth Watch Report Banner photo FSPEarthWatchReport900x228Blogger_zps53ef6af0.jpg
 ………………………………………………………………………………
Forest / Wild Fire Indonesia Province of Central Java, [Mount Merapi] Damage level Details

……….

Forest / Wild Fire in Indonesia on Monday, 02 November, 2015 at 03:56 (03:56 AM) UTC.

Description
About 200 climbers are trapped were reported trapped after forest fire in Selo District sector on Mount Merapi, Central Java. Tempo gathered information that fire first appeared around 9 am Sunday, November 1, on a cliff around Pos 1, then the fire began to spread but not close the climbing lane. Head of Disaster Management Operation Control Center (Pusdalops) of the Boyolali Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo said together with a SAR team and local residents, they are trying to evacuate the climbers. “We are trying that all hikers can go down,” he said Sunday. According to Kurniawan, about 300 climbers went off, most of them departed from the Barameru Post, Selo, on Friday last week. So far around 100 people have been evacuated. Kurniawan said, health condition of the climbers that were evacuated are well. Some of them immediately return to their homes, some of them are staying to wait for their friends who are still trapped. While evacuating climbers, officers are fighting fire around Post 1. Kurniawan said if fire is not immediately extinguished, it could expand and close the climbing lane. Cause and the extent of the fire is not immediately known.

……….

The Huffington Post

Indonesian Forest Fires Have Been Burning Since August

Posted: 02/11/2015 16:07 AEST Updated: 2 hours ago
INDONESIA FIRE

Millions of acres of pristine, irreplaceable and invaluable Indonesian forest has been reduced to smouldering blackened ash, as 100,000 fires rage through the island region.

The sheer size and scale of the fire crisis is difficult to properly comprehend. Some of these fires have been burning since August, torching forest eons old and blanketing Papua, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and countless islands of Indonesia in thick grey hazy smoke.

The World Resources Institute reports a staggering 127,000 fires have been reported in the region in 2015, the majority sparking and taking off in recent months.

Pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory, show the extent of smoke from the fires — these images were taken over Borneo.

borneo\Smoke over Borneo

Earlier in October, Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry reported 4.2 million acres of forest had been burnt out, a figure which is sure to have risen since first reported.

Carbon emissions from the fires, at their peak, surpassed emissions belched out by the entire United States of America. More than half a million people have reported respiratory problems.

 

Read More Here

……….

 

……….

 

……….

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest / Wild Fires

…..

 

1 / 27

Hide Description   | Start Slideshow

 

Fire crews battle grass fire on Kimball Island on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (Photo by Dave Marquis/News10)

Grass fire forces evacuations of delta island

…..

RSOE EDIS -AlertMail

RSOE EDIS

RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service

Budapest, Hungary

RSOE EDIS

2014-01-15 04:15:56 – Forest / Wild Fire – USA

EDIS Code: WF-20140115-42289-USA
Date&Time: 2014-01-15 04:15:56 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of California,
Location: Kimball Island,
City:
Damage level:

Not confirmed information!

<!–AlertMap–>
Description:
Fire crews continue to battle a 40 to 50-acre grass fire on Kimball Island in the delta that broke out Tuesday afternoon. The island is near Antioch where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and border Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento counties. Solano County Fire dispatchers said the fire started at a home on the island. The flames fully engulfed the home and spread to the dry grass on the island. Dispatchers said two other structures were threatened by the fire. Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Snedeker said 20 structures – including homes and cabins – are on the island. He said all 11 people were safely evacuated and no one was injured. Delta Fire Protection District out of Rio Vista, Montezuma Fire, River Delta Fire with the Sacramento County Fire Department, Suisun Fire District and a Cal Fire helicopter helped fight the grass fire. The U.S. Coast Guard and Sacramento County Marine Patrol units also responded to the fire. Coast Guard Lt.
Jared Hood said his crew was not equipped to battle fires on land, but can make sure people are safe. He said four people were evacuated by the crew and seven people left the island on their own boats.

hr

…..

 

 

Grass fire forces evacuations of delta island

 

2:26 AM, Jan 15, 2014
Fire crews battle grass fire on Kimball Island on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (Photo taken via KGO helicopter)

SACRAMENTO – Fire crews continue to battle a 40 to 50-acre grass fire on Kimball Island in the delta that broke out Tuesday afternoon.

 

The island is near Antioch where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and border Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento counties.

 

Solano County Fire dispatchers said the fire started at a home on the island. The flames fully engulfed the home and spread to the dry grass on the island. Dispatchers said two other structures were threatened by the fire.

 

“It should be green out here. And if you look today, this is January. If you look at it, it’s dry just like in June,” said Assistant Chief Dan Schindler with Montezuma Fire Protection District.

 

 

 

Read More and Watch Video Here

 

…..

Enhanced by Zemanta

Earth Watch Report – Forest/Wild Fires

 

A firefighter fights a blaze near Black Forest, Colorado, on Wednesday, June 12. The Black Forest Fire is one of two major wildfires near Colorado Springs. The other, the Royal Gorge Fire, is threatening the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge. A firefighter fights a blaze near Black Forest, Colorado, on Wednesday, June 12. The Black Forest Fire is one of two major wildfires near Colorado Springs. The other, the Royal Gorge Fire, is threatening the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge.

Smoke covers the area on June 12. Smoke covers the area on June 12.

A house burns near Colorado Springs on June 11. A house burns near Colorado Springs on June 11.

….

15.06.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Black Forest] Damage level Details

….

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Back

Updated: Friday, 14 June, 2013 at 05:29 UTC
Description
The remains of two people killed trying to flee the most destructive Colorado wildfire on record have been found as crews fight to keep the fierce, wind-driven blaze from roaring into the outskirts of Colorado Springs. The blaze has ripped across more than 24-square-miles (6215 hectares) of rolling, forested terrain northeast of Colorado Springs since it erupted on Tuesday, forcing some 38,000 people to flee their homes. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the dead, who have not been publicly identified, were recovered on Thursday (Friday NZT) from the garage of one of at least 360 homes destroyed by the so-called Black Forest Fire near the state’s second-largest city. Maketa indicated the blaze could be the work of an arsonist or the result of negligence, telling reporters that a criminal investigation was under way.

He told Reuters there were no signs of lightning strikes in the area when the fire began. News of the first two casualties from the monster blaze came as fire-fighters made their first measurable progress against the fire, managing to carve containment lines around 5% of the fire’s perimeter. Maketa said the victims had been on the phone as the flames closed in on their home. “The person they were speaking with said he could hear popping and cracking in the background and they (the two people) advised they were leaving right now,” Maketa said. “We were truly hoping that we could get from day-to-day without coming across news like this.” With the fire still burning largely unchecked and driven by erratic 30-mile-per-hour (48-kilometre-per-hour) winds that showed no sign of diminishing, officials ordered mandatory evacuations of about 1000 homes in the northern tip of Colorado Springs that were considered to be in imminent danger. “Load your family, and pets and GO NOW,” the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. The area lies just to the east of the US Air Force Academy. A voluntary evacuation alert was issued for another 2000 homes in Colorado Springs, advising those residents to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice, as embers drifted over the city.

….

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Back

Updated: Saturday, 15 June, 2013 at 10:36 UTC
Description
A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes – a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods. The destruction northeast of Colorado Springs on Thursday surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and caused $353 million in insurance claims just 15 miles to the southwest. The heavy losses were blamed in part on explosive population growth in areas with historically high fire risk. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined we’d be dealing a year later with a very similar circumstance,” said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who drew audible gasps as he announced the number of homes lost to the blaze in Black Forest. Hours later, residents of 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs were ordered to evacuate. Thursday’s evacuation was the first within the city limits. About 38,000 other people living across roughly 70 square miles were already under orders to get out. Colorado’s second-largest city, with a population of 430,000, also asked residents of 2,000 more homes to be ready to evacuate. The streets became gridlocked with hundreds of cars while emergency vehicles raced by on shoulders. Hot, gusty winds fanned the 23-square-mile wildfire, sending it into new areas and back into places that had previously been spared. Even investigators sent in to determine the cause of the fire were pulled out for safety reasons. No injuries or deaths have been reported. The Red Cross said more than 800 people stayed at shelters. Black Forest, where the blaze began, offers a case study in the challenges of tamping down wildfires in Colorado and across the West, especially with growing populations, rising temperatures and a historic drought. Developers describe Black Forest as the largest contiguous stretch of ponderosa pine in the United States – a thick, wide carpet of vegetation rolling down from the Rampart Range that thins out to the high grasslands of Colorado’s eastern plains. Once home to rural towns and summer cabins, it is now dotted with million-dollar homes and gated communities – the result of the state’s population boom over the past two decades.

….

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Back

Updated: Sunday, 16 June, 2013 at 04:09 UTC
Description
Thousands of people were allowed to return home Saturday evening, after fire crews increased their hold on the Black Forest fire. Many more, though, remained displaced, and officials asked those blaze-battered residents for patience while firefighters finish the job. At an afternoon news conference, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said residents living in certain areas on the northern and northwestern edges of the mandatory evacuation zone around the fire would be allowed to go home at 8 p.m. Saturday. The re-opened area accounted for about a quarter of the remaining mandatory evacuation zone, Maketa estimated. Earlier in the day, officials had lifted voluntary and mandatory evacuations for areas in Elbert County and on the fire’s western and southwestern sides in El Paso County. Maketa said he expected Colorado 83 would re-open in both directions Saturday night. The American Red Cross also announced it would be closing two of its three shelters serving the fire. Only the shelter at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument remained open Saturday evening. Rich Harvey, the federal incident commander managing firefighting efforts, said crews had success Saturday in problem areas of the blaze and expected to attack it with equal vigor on Sunday. The fire is now 55 percent contained, Harvey said. Full containment could come mid-week. “We did make good progress all around the fire today,” Harvey said. But the good news was tempered by a new assessment that raised the number of homes destroyed in the fire to 483. And, five days after the fire started, the strain on those still out of their homes began to show. Several dozen residents of Black Forest attended a midday news conference with questions about when they could return to their houses, many of which – if still standing — have remained vacant since Tuesday.

….

Two dead as firefighters battle Colorado blaze

By Ashley Fantz. Dana Ford and Paul Vercammen, CNN

updated 1:14 PM EDT, Fri June 14, 2013

An orange sky highlights a fire on Thursday, June 13, that has been burning since June 11 near Colorado Springs. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/14/us/colorado-fires/index.html?hpt=hp_t1'>Two major wildfires </a>are scorching thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes in the state.

An orange sky highlights a fire on Thursday, June 13, that has been burning since June 11 near Colorado Springs. Two major wildfires are scorching thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes in the state.

Wildfires spread across Colorado

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The two victims may have been trying to evacuate
  • NEW: “If it’s a draw, that’s a victory today,” sheriff says
  • The Black Forest Fire has scorched at least 15,700 acres
  • Some 360 homes are destroyed; 14 are damaged

Are you affected by the wildfires? Please share your images and stories with CNN iReport if you can do so safely.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) — Firefighters made little headway Thursday against a raging wildfire near Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has scorched close to 16,000 acres, destroyed 360 homes and claimed at least two lives.
Witnesses spoke to the two victims in the afternoon, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa told reporters.

“They said that they could see a glow to the west. They were packing their personal belongings, trying to get out,” he said.

Earlier, county spokesman Dave Rose told CNN that the Black Forest Fire, burning northeast of the city, now appears to be the most destructive in terms of property lost in state history.

Read: Study warns of continued wildfires in western U.S.

Some 750 firefighters were battling the blaze, which was 5% contained late Thursday. With the help of helicopters and air tankers, they established a loose perimeter.

“The fire is very, very active within the containment area, and we don’t have a high level of confidence at all that we’ll be able to hold all of these lines around this fire,” Rose said.


The fire’s evacuation area was 93,000 acres, affecting approximately 38,000 people and 13,000 homes, and the flames were estimated to have burned through 15,700 acres, said Maketa.

That marked a dramatic increase from the 8,500 acres officials said had been burned by Wednesday night, he noted.

After he spoke, residents of about 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs were told to evacuate.

“Wind is probably our No. 1 threat,” the sheriff said. Combined with dry brush and high temperatures, the winds have fanned devastating flames.

Maketa struggled to find a phrase to describe how ferocious the fire is, settling on “very dynamic.”

“If it’s a draw, that’s a victory today because we haven’t had too many draws in the last couple of days,” he said.

‘The flames were there’

Among those who lost their home were husband and wife, Jaenette and Kristian Coyne.

“We literally had five minutes, and we left because it was, the flames were there,” Jaenette Coyne told CNN’s AC360 Thursday night.

She said she grabbed a baby album and a personal computer with pictures on it. She also took a firebox, which contained most of the couple’s important documents.

The Coynes actually saw their home burn on live TV.

“It was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. You have that moment where you say: ‘Is that really my house?’ But we know it was. However, now I’m grateful that I know. A lot of people here just don’t know,” Jaenette Coyne said.

In northeast Colorado Springs, CNN iReporter Heather Croze took photos outside her home, capturing a billowing plume of smoke. One shot shows just how wide the smoke was on the horizon.

A county fairground northeast of the Black Forest Fire looked like a Noah’s Ark with families who fled with their animals to escape the looming inferno.

Read More and  See  Additional Photos Here

….

Family lost nearly everything in wildfire

Woman loses home in Colorado wildfire

Wildfires scorch Colorado

Homes destroyed in Black Forest fire

….

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fires

EVACUATING CATHEDRAL PINES IN BLACK FOREST FIRE!!!

GreggMonument

Published on Jun 11, 2013

Video of when fire first started and prior to mandatory evacuations in Cathedral Pines.

Black Forest Colorado Fire (Civilian Footage)

CurrentNewsTVx CurrentNewsTVx

Published on Jun 12, 2013

1st Video: Skyline loop in Canon City. (Aerial firefighting??)

2nd Video: Mandatory Evacuation Cathedral Pines

….

12.06.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Black Forest] Damage level Details

….

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Description
A wildfire charged through the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, igniting several large houses as its flames threatened a neighborhood set in dense forest where some home values top $1 million. A thick plume of gray smoke could be seen from Denver, about 65 miles to the north. Video from a helicopter showed flames engulfing several large homes. Homes in the Black Forest area are on sites between 2 to 5 acres each. Cathedral Pines, a neighborhood with several pricey homes with views of Pikes Peak, is among the areas evacuated because of the blaze. CBS Station KCNC Colorado reported that based on Copter 4’s video, it looked like at least 10 homes were burned. Fire managers requested aerial firefighting resources, and the Air Force Academy was among those sending ground resources to help fight the flames.

A U.S. Forest Service official in Golden, Mike Stearly, said an air tanker from Nevada will be coming to battle the blaze but is unsure when it will arrive. He told CBS4: “We are a little disconnected with the immediate information on ground, but we are focusing on the protection of people at this time. Things are hot and heavy here at the coordination center.” There were no immediate reports of injuries in the Black Forest Fire, said Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County sheriff’s department. He didn’t know how many homes had been evacuated. Kramer said it was too soon to say what caused the blaze. He said residents were being notified to leave by automated phone calls and in some cases in-person visits from sheriff’s deputies. “To protect life is certainly the ultimate priority here,” Kramer said.

The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. A fire burning on an estimated 300 acres south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Arkansas River led to the evacuation of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Canon City, the Bureau of Land Management said. Park spokeswoman Peggy Gair told The Gazette the evacuations affected several hundred people at the park, which closed Tuesday afternoon. Evacuations also were in effect from Parkdale to Soda Point, north of the Royal Gorge, the BLM said.

….

Colorado fires burn homes, force thousands to flee

Wildfires have burned 80 to 100 homes in Colorado Springs, and the sheriff said he feared there were fatalities.

BLACK FOREST, Colo. — Wildfires burning across Colorado Wednesday have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, including 900 inmates from a state prison.

Near Colorado Springs, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Wednesday afternoon that the Black Forest Fire had destroyed 92 homes.

The cause was still unknown.

Maketa said about 2,300 homes, affecting about 6,400 people, were evacuated, and 7,500 acres had burned since the fire began Tuesday.

No injuries or deaths have been reported. Maketa said officials were trying to confirm the whereabouts of one person reported missing Wednesday. Firefighters tried to go where the person was last seen but were turned back twice because it was too hot, he said.

Wildfires also were burning in New Mexico, Oregon and California, where a smokejumper was killed fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires.

Read Full Article Watch Videos  Here

….

….

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest / Wild Fires

Today Forest / Wild Fire New Zealand Northland, [Martinborough area] Damage level
Details

Forest / Wild Fire in New Zealand on Monday, 01 April, 2013 at 03:48 (03:48 AM) UTC.

Description
Five helicopters and seven fire crews are fighting a 30-hectare pine forest fire east of Martinborough. Two further helicopters are expected to join firefighters shortly. Wairarapa principal rural fire officer Phill Wishnowsky said it could take days to extinguish the large forestry blaze. “We’ve got a large forest fire, very active and quite extreme conditions. The fire is an active fire so of course everywhere it goes it’s obviously destroying the forest. “It’s going to take a long time and a lot of effort [to put it out],” Mr Wishnowsky said. Mr Wishnowsky said there was no risk to surrounding property at the moment. Wellington fire communications shift manager Tim Rees said the forestry block fire was reported at 5.50am this morning. Fire services from Martinborough, Featherston, Upper Hutt, Wellington and rural fire parties are fighting the blaze.

Two helicopters needed to fight forest fire

8:35 AM Monday Apr 1, 2013

New Zealand Herald

 Photo / File photo

Photo / File photo

Ground crews and two helicopters are battling a forestry fire in south Wairarapa.

Emergency services were called to Hinakura just before 6am.

Crews from Wairarapa and Wellington are on the ground fighting the blaze that is well involved and covering a 20ha area, with two helicopters also assisting, said a central fire communications spokesman.

There was no threat to properties, he said.

APNZ

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fires

 

007

Image Source

 

….

18.03.2013 Forest / Wild Fire Brunei Tutong District, Kampong Telamba Damage level
Details

….

Forest / Wild Fire in Brunei on Monday, 18 March, 2013 at 03:49 (03:49 AM) UTC.

Description
A forest fire occurred at the Telamba village section along the Muara-Tutong highway last evening. The fire started around 6pm in the forest next to the highway. A team of firefighters in two fire engines from Tutong Fire Station rushed to the scene after receiving emergency calls from motorists, Borneo Bulletin reported. The firefighters faced difficulties in battling the fire as they had to run their hose through the dense vegetation. The fire engines also had to take turns to refill their tanks as there are no fire hydrants at the site. At press time the firefighters were still trying to control the blaze.

….

Forest Fire In Telamba

Monday, 18 March 2013 07:37
H Afiq

007

Tutong – A forest fire occurred at the Telamba village section along the Muara-Tutong highway last evening. The fire started around 6pm in the forest next to the highway. A team of firefighters in two fire engines from Tutong Fire Station rushed to the scene after receiving emergency calls from motorists.

The firefighters faced difficulties in battling the fire as they had to run their hose through the dense vegetation. The fire engines also had to take turns to refill their tanks as there are no fire hydrants at the site. At press time the firefighters were still trying to control the blaze.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

….

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fires

Firefighters and forestry officials remain at the scene of a massive brush fire near Myrtle Beach.

18.03.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of South Carolina, [Myrtle Beach region] Damage level
Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 18 March, 2013 at 03:47 (03:47 AM) UTC.

Description
A brush fire spread to a community near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Saturday night and destroyed dozens of homes and condominiums. The fire grew out of control in minutes. No one knew how many homes were burning, or how fast the fire was spreading. “Then all of a sudden these buildings caught fire, almost at the same time, one right after the other,” one homeowner said. One man living in Ashley Park said around 5 p.m., he walked outside and saw small flames flickering in the field. He said within minutes, those flames spread quickly, engulfing home after home in the Windsor Green community. Fire officials says multiple structures were lost. One woman watched her home burn, while neighbors stood in shock watching the black smoke thicken in the sky, not knowing if their homes would be next. Soon that panic led to helplessness as people were pushed back from the area. As of Saturday night, some people still did not know if their homes were still standing. Those who lost their homes spent the night at a local shelter. One firefighter was injured and three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

100 homes destroyed by fire in Myrtle Beach, Gov. Haley tours damage

UPDATED 2:49 PM EDT Mar 18, 2013

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —Investigators say there appeared to be little firefighters could do to save more than 100 homes that were destroyed by an Horry County fire that burned two dozen condominium buildings.

State Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins says authorities have determined the fire Saturday at Windsor Green in Carolina Forest started near power lines less than 50 feet from the nearest building in the complex.

Investigators have not determined what sparked the fire.

The blaze spread quickly, burning buildings on three different streets to rubble. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Gov. Nikki Haley visited the condos Monday afternoon.

Hawkins says the Forestry Commission recommends at least 30 feet of material that won’t burn in front of buildings. Many of the condos had grass and pine straw in their yards.

 

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fire

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of North Carolina, [Forsyth County] Damage level
Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 11 March, 2013 at 05:51 (05:51 AM) UTC.

Description
Winston-Salem firefighters responded to a number of grass fires Sunday afternoon. The first calls came in before around noon. Some of the heaviest smoke and fire volume was from Peters Creek Parkway to Ebert Road. No homes were in danger, and a cause of the fires is being investigated. Another grass fire was battled along the 5700 block of Brinkley Road near Belews Creek. A forest service worker told WXII’s Stephanie Berzinski there didn’t appear to be a relation between that fire and the ones off I-40. A third fire started in the Walkertown area off Cardwell Manor Street, and the blaze eventually burned an abandoned work shed. A woman told WXII that the fire came within about 10 feet of her home. Drivers on I-40 in Winston-Salem told WXII they could see smoke from a distance Sunday afternoon.

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Forest/Wild Fire

10.03.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Virginia, Gate City Damage level
Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 10 March, 2013 at 17:38 (05:38 PM) UTC.

Description
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.

Earth Watch Report  –   Forest / Wild Fires

….

 

Image Source

….

Today Forest / Wild Fire Bhutan Mongar District, [Near to Gyalpozhing] Damage level
Details

….

Forest / Wild Fire in Bhutan on Friday, 25 January, 2013 at 08:00 (08:00 AM) UTC.

Description
Fanned by strong afternoon winds, the forest fire, which started around 11:30 yesterday morning near Gyalpoizhing town in Mongar, has damaged some 200 acres of chirpine forest. The fire started near one of the makeshift houses in Gyalpoizhing, Tashipogtor where someone was cooking outside. Gyalpoizhing Range officer, Yeshi Lhundrup said the fire started accidentally. He said most forest fires happened due to careless disposal of cigarette butts and by allowing children to play with fire. But yesterday’s fire started when it spread to the grass and then to the forest just as an old woman was preparing lunch. This is Mongar’s first forest fire this winter. “People are aware of the problem but lack initiative and knowledge,” a resident said. Gyalpoizhing police, forest officials, along with locals and some 30 fire fighters fought the fire but due to steep terrace, they couldn’t control the fire. No casualty has been reported. Officials said fire has destroyed more than 750 acres of pine forest in Mongar alone. Most are man-made from burning debris and children playing with matchsticks. People usually involved in forest fire are cow herders, lemon grass harvester, and road workers.

….

 

….