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  • 2 technicians killed at Antarctica science station

    12/13/2018 9:45:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    APNews ^ | December 12, 2018
    <p>The National Science Foundation says two technicians working on a fire-suppression system at an Antarctica scientific station were found unconscious and died.</p> <p>The foundation said Wednesday the two had been working in a building at McMurdo Station, which is on Ross Island. It says they were found on the floor by a helicopter pilot who had landed after spotting what appeared to be smoke from the building.</p>
  • This 360 Drone Photography of Paradise Shows the Devastating Aftermath of the Camp Fire

    12/05/2018 7:07:30 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 31 replies
    Motherboard ^ | Nov 28 2018 | Samantha Cole
    The Camp Fire ripped through 153,336 acres of Northern California over 17 days in November, demolishing more than 13,000 single-family homes and killing 88 people as of Monday. ...Newly-released photography and drone footage brings the devastation of what’s now known as the deadliest and most damaging wildfire in California’s history into sharp, visceral focus. Drone engineer Greg Crutsinger, alongside 16 teams of Northern California law and fire departments and task forces of public safety drone operators, captured the destruction in aerial shots and 360-degree panoramas of what’s left of Paradise, California. The teams performed 518 drone flights in smoky conditions,...
  • Some Californians are hiring private fire crews to save their homes

    12/03/2018 5:33:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/18 | HANNAH FRY, JACK FLEMMING
    **SNIP** With California experiencing two years of unprecedented wildfires that have left more than 20,000 homes destroyed and scores dead, the private firefighting business is booming. These brigades work independently from county firefighters; their job is to protect specific homes under contract with insurance companies. Their work can vary from pushing back flames as they approach properties to reaching the site before the blaze arrives and spraying homes with fire retardant. But the private forces have generated complaints from some fire departments, who say they don’t always coordinate with local crews and amount to one more worry as they try...
  • America Unprepared For Arson Terrorism

    12/03/2018 6:54:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 3 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Wildfires have devastated California and killed 88 people, with the number of casualties continuously rising. Californians lost their homes, farms, and pets. Americans throughout the nation have offered assistance and contributed financially. Our hearts broke from news of the devastation. These California fires were not started intentionally. But what if we lived in fear that park fires would be started maliciously? What if we were threatened daily with arson terrorism? Arson terrorism has been a daily and agonizing reality in Israel. Israel has spent this past year under unyielding bombardment of terroristic arson. For over seven months, on a daily basis, Israeli farms,...

    11/30/2018 1:57:35 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    ABC 12 Action News ^ | 11/28/18 | Stephanie Schmieding
    The Butte County Sheriff's Office has released body cam footage from a deputy in Paradise the morning the Camp Fire broke out. Deputy Aaron Parmley was driving on Pentz Road in Paradise, attempting to locate four nurses from the Feather River Hospital who needed help evacuating. His car became disabled, forcing him to get out and continue on foot. He activated his body-worn camera in hopes of capturing what he thought were going to be the last moments of his life. Direct link to video. Here is a still from the video...
  • Most powerful in the world icebreaker on fire, Russia

    11/27/2018 2:00:03 PM PST · by tlozo · 35 replies
    Maritime Bulletin ^ | November 27, 2018 | Erofey Schkvarkin
    Fire erupted in technical compartments of icebreaker VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN under construction at Admiralty Shipyard, S-Petersburg, Russia, at around 1900 Moscow time Nov 27. Some 300 sq meters of compartments in superstructure were engulfed in fire, 35 engines and 140 firefighters were deployed. Fire was taken under control in two and a half hours, later Emergency Service Command said fire was extinguished. 2 people were injured, one of them hospitalized. No information yet on extent and character of damages. Diesel-powered icebreaker VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN (Project 22600 or LK-25), IMO 9658630, displacement 22000 tons, keel laid in 2012 at Baltiysky Zavod S-Petersburg, initially...
  • Video shows explosion at border agent's gender-reveal party that sparked Arizona wildfire

    11/26/2018 8:13:03 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 65 replies
    The Sawmill Fire is shown erupting from an exploding target — with blue smoke curling off the fire's fringes — in a video just obtained by the Arizona Daily Star. The 49-second video clearly shows the fire starting in yellow grassland near a stand of mesquite trees from the exploding target on state land in the Santa Rita Mountain foothills on April 23, 2017. Towards the end of the video, a male voice is heard saying "Start packing up!" twice. ***** The Star obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through the Freedom of Information Act. The service, which...
  • Rescue made on the fly during Woolsey Fire 9th November 2018

    11/21/2018 6:35:55 PM PST · by Pelham · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 19, 2018 | Pilot Dave
    This is helmet cam footage of a rescue made during firefighting operations. The pilots are amazingly calm in a very hazardous rescue.
  • Man survives deadly California wildfire by hiding in creek with his dog

    11/17/2018 2:03:26 PM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | Nov. 11, 2018 | Jamie Yuccas
    <p>GOURA HILLS, Calif. — Clouds of thick black smoke have engulfed the picturesque California hillsides as wildfires ravage the state. Santa Ana wind gusts started to pick up in Southern California, putting people near the Woolsey Fire on edge. More than 83,000 acres have burned and at least 170 homes were wiped out.</p>
  • California firefighters rescue burned cat as Camp Fire continues to burn

    11/14/2018 4:46:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 14, 2018 | Nicole Darrah, Fox News
    Firefighters from California's Foster City Fire Department on Monday came to the rescue of a cat who was burned in the Camp Fire, which has left at least 48 people dead and over 100 missing. The cat — named "Foster" — was meowing while hiding in the bushes of a property that firefighters were checking, the department wrote on Facebook. Foster was coaxed out of hiding by Firefighter Downing, and "an instant friendship was formed." "The cat had burns to its whiskers and bottom of its paws. [Engine 28] crew were able to get some much needed food and water...
  • 3,500 UC Davis students sign up for event to throw rocks at Camp Fire smoke to make it go away

    11/14/2018 1:48:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2018 | By Bill Disbrow
    The air around Davis should be clear right about now, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of bored students with no classes to attend and plenty of loose rubble to throw at the skies. According to a Facebook event posting, a horde large enough to fill the Chem 194 lecture hall several times over was planning to "Throw rocks at the smoke to make it go away". "Alright comrades! Class was cancelled but let's still throw some rocks! Throughout the day, when you get a chance, just pick one up and throw it north and slightly east!" read a Facebook...
  • California Wildfires: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada

    11/14/2018 10:23:06 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    During its review, the Commission found that California’s forests suffer from neglect and mismanagement, resulting in overcrowding that leaves them susceptible to disease, insects and wildfire. The Commission found commitment to long-lasting forest management changes at the highest levels of government, but that support for those changes needs to spread down not just through the state’s massive bureaucracy and law- and policymaking apparatuses, but among the general public as well. Complicating the management problem is the fact that the State of California owns very few of the forests within its borders – most are owned by the federal government or...
  • First victims of Paradise fire are identified as death toll rises to 42 with 220 still missing...

    11/13/2018 1:41:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 87 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 13, 2018 | Valerie Edwards For
    FULL TITLE: First victims of Paradise fire are identified as death toll rises to 42 with 220 still missing making it the deadliest in state history with remains found in charred cars and the ruins of their homes Four victims of what has now been confirmed as the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state of California have been identified as three men and a woman. The official death toll in Northern California's Camp Fire has climbed to 42 after local authorities revealed that the remains of another 13 people were found on Monday. Ernest Foss, 65, of Paradise...
  • FIRE INFO--official, up-to-date, for LA county

    11/12/2018 10:02:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    211 LA Fire Information ^ | Nov. 12, 2018 | LAFD
    WOOLSEY FIRE INFORMATION Note: this website is updated regularly with verified official information. Check back or follow us at @211LACounty for updates.
  • Firefighters' union criticizes Trump over California fire comments

    11/12/2018 4:27:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    The (s)Hill ^ | 11/10/18 | John Bowden
    President Trump on Saturday faced criticism from a firefighters' union after he appeared to blame several wildfires in California on mismanagement by state and local officials. The International Association of Firefighters called the president's comments blaming "gross mismanagement" for the severe conditions in California an "irresponsible" and "reckless" act on behalf of the Trump administration.
  • Firefighters brace for return of Santa Ana winds...

    11/10/2018 11:31:26 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 14 replies ^ | 11/10/18 | Jenna Chandler
    Some 170,000 Los Angeles County residents remain under mandatory evacuation Saturday night, as the destructive Woolsey Fire torches coastline and hillsides, reducing houses to rubble, from the beaches to the Valley. None of the mandatory evacuation orders issued for the Woolsey Fire since Friday have been lifted in LA County. The orders affect multiple communities, including the entire city of Malibu, which has been “hit very, very hard,” says City Councilmember Lou La Monte. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents in evacuation zones to resist the urge to return home. Even in areas where flames are no...
  • Trump threatens to withhold federal payments to California because it's forest management is...

    11/10/2018 9:56:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 10, 2018 | Megan Sheets For
    FULL TITLE: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments to California because it's forest management is 'so poor' as the state is ravaged by unrelenting wildfires President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold federal payments to California over 'gross mismanagement' of its forests as the state is ravaged by three massive wildfires. In a 2am tweet, Trump wrote: 'There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. 'Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now,...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Saturday 11/10/2018 (News Dump Edition)

    11/10/2018 5:38:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/10/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump has approved an emergency declaration because of wildfires in California. Its been a brutal week of wildfires affecting northern California with nine deaths in the town of Paradise, 6,700 structures were destroyed there in the town of 26,000 when the fire suddenly swept through causing confusion and traffic jams in the midst of the raging inferno. 35 PEOPLE ARE REPORTED MISSING THERE..... Yesterday, a new fire spread rapidly in southern California..... President Trump tweeted about the situation at around 3am this morning: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that...
  • A-list fire panic: Caitlyn Jenner's sprawling hilltop Malibu house [tr]

    11/10/2018 5:07:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2018 | Stephanie Haney and Stephanie Haney
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Calabasas home, Caitlyn Jenner's mansion in Malibu and even the famed Bachelor Mansion have been hit by the devastating wildfires overtaking Southern California. The Woolsey Fire reached the Kardashian-West pad in the Hidden Hills neighborhood on Friday afternoon, according to TMZ. Around the same time reports emerged that Jenner's 3,500 square foot, four-bedroom pad overlooking the Malibu beach was destroyed by fierce flames from the same blaze.
  • California reels as the most destructive wildfire in the state's HISTORY kills at least NINE [tr]

    11/10/2018 4:59:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Novemebr 10, 2018 | Keith Griffith
    At least nine people have died and 35 are missing in a wildfire in Northern California, while in Southern California thousands of homes are under threat and all of Malibu has been evacuated as two other fires bear down. The Camp Fire in Northern California is now the most destructive in state history, after wiping out the town of Paradise. Not a single resident of Paradise can be seen anywhere in town after most of them fled the burning Northern California community that may be lost forever. Abandoned, charred vehicles cluttered the main thoroughfare, evidence of the panicked evacuation a...