Wildfires 2020

Early wildfires are raging across Arizona and California as the trinity of wildfires, drought, heat and gusty winds are converging once again creating ideal conditions for rapid spread. Alaska using dogs to protect firefighters from bears
Another horror show has arrived which could well take our minds off Covid-19, Civil war or WWIII and it's earlier than usual.
Here we go again and this year they are early with a long hot summer ahead. On November the 8th 2019, California's biggest and most ruinous wildfire of the year, a wind-driven blaze that scorched 120 square miles (310 square kilometres) was declared fully contained and extinguished, however, a new horror show was just beginning in New South Wales, Australia.
According to authorities at the time, an "unprecedented" (90) number of emergency-level wildfires were streaking across New South Wales, Australia in drought-affected areas aided by gusty winds and 35 deg C (95 deg F) heat. 

Fires rage in Chernobyl, radiation spikes in the area: Witnesses accuse the government of covering up the severity of blaze as it nears the site of the nuclear disaster.
Witnesses accuse the government of covering up the severity of blaze near the site of the nuclear disaster.

Wildfires in Ukraine have spread less than a mile from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and a disposal site for radioactive waste, according to activists, as more than 300 firefighters work to contain the blaze. A video posted by a Chernobyl tour operator showed flames and a cloud of smoke rising within sight of the protective shelter over the carcass of Chernobyl's Unit 4 nuclear reactor, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. The tour operator, Yaroslav Yemelianenko, wrote that the fire had reached the abandoned city of Pripyat and was just 2km (1.24 miles) away from the nuclear power plant and the Pidlisny radioactive waste disposal site.

Aussie Bushfire Update: Astonishing and astounding: “A globally unprecedented scale of burning." 21% of Australia's temperate forests consumed during 2019/20 season
As the worst bushfire season ever recorded comes to an end in Australia the true extent of consumed forestry is found to be truly astonishing. Researchers at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment have analysed historic data on the extent of Australia’s extraordinary forest fires and found that the area burned in Australia during the 2019-2020 forest fires was an astounding 21%. Previous "major fire" seasons have historically been around 2% of Australian forests consumed by fire.

“We analysed the major forest biomes across Australia, Asia, Africa, Oceania and North and South Americas to determine the extent of annual areas burned by forest fires”, said Associate Professor Matthias Boer, lead author of the study and lead scientist of the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub node at Western Sydney University. 

Climate changing due to the Sun and not carbon dioxide: Sea and Surface Temperatures, Major Earthquakes, Volcano Eruptions, Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Famine, Flooding, Wildfires and Cyclones suddenly intensified in the late 50s!
Weather changes constantly, scientists tell us our climate changes in repeated cycles and these changes can provide big changes for people living on earth. There is no doubt, our climate is changing, it's getting warmer, it's also getting colder and wetter in many places and dryer in others but is it man causing climate change or is it something else?

Around 200 BC and 600 AD, there was Roman warming. Around AD 440 and 900, Dark Ages cooling. Around 900 to 1300, we had Medieval warming. Followed by "The Little Ice-Age," 1300 to 1850, phases 1 and 2. Around 1850 to present is the modern warming.

Temperatures above 40 deg C, (104 deg F) and strong winds are causing the worst bushfire in 20 years south of Australia's capital Canberra: Authorities have declared a state of emergency
We began January 2020 with an Australian wildfire crisis and we are going to end the month with another one. Authorities of the Australian Capital Territory, (ATC) have declared a state of emergency as the worst bushfire in 20 years is devastating areas south of the nation's capital Canberra. The main blaze, in the territory's south, is burning over more than 18,500 hectares. Residents in suburbs of Canberra have been urged to "remain alert" for potential evacuations. "The ACT is now facing the worst bushfire threat since the devastating fires of 2003," Chief Minister Andrew Barr told reporters on Friday. 

Aussie Bushfire Update No 24: "This will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one." Significant rain has arrived
Rain fell across parts of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change. The fires, unprecedented for Australia in terms of duration and intensity, have claimed 28 lives and killed an estimated billion animals. Sustained hot weather and only very rare periods of light rain in the affected areas have deepened the crisis. So authorities had been looking forward to this week's rain hoping it would help contain or even extinguish some fires.
In the state of New South Wales, where many of the worst fires have burnt, there were "good falls" on some blazes early Thursday, the local meteorology bureau reported. "Relief is here for a number of firefighters working across NSW," the state's Rural Fire Service said in a social media post accompanying video footage of rain falling in a burning forest.

Aussie Bushfire Update No 23: 250,000 told to evacuate Victoria: "Mega Blaze!" Two out of control fires in Victoria and New South Wales have merged: Heatwave returns
Two giant bushfires in the south of New South Wales and Victoria have merged into a terrifying mega blaze. The East Ournie Creek and Dunns Road fires near the Victoria border were upgraded to watch and act level this morning. But by lunchtime, they had merged as temperatures hit 37C and 20kmh winds fanned the flames. Together with the blazes, including sections that have burnt out, cover half-a-million hectares - about five times the size of Canberra. The Rural Fire Service forecast extreme danger for the foreground today and warned of 'erratic behaviour' meaning the flames can move and change direction quickly.

The fire has already passed through the towns of Talbingo, Wondalga, Kunama and Batlow. Residents in Goobragandra Valley, Brindabella, Mundaroo, Ournie, Mannus and Tooma have been told to keep watch and prepare to evacuate if necessary. 

Aussie Bushfire Update No 22: 2019 was both the hottest and driest on record for Australia: +45 deg C temps back tomorrow: Authorities have issued new warnings and evacuation notices
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2019 Annual Climate Statement, showing 2019 was both the warmest and driest year on record for Australia.

Australia's average mean temperature in 2019 was 1.52 °C above average, making it the warmest on record since consistent national temperature records began in 1910 and surpassing the previous record in 2013 of 1.33 °C above average. Meanwhile, the national average rainfall total in 2019 was 277 mm, the lowest since consistent national records began in 1900. The previous record low was 314 mm set during the Federation drought in 1902.

Aussie Bushfire Update No 20: Australian government warned of a catastrophic blaze back in 2015! NSW and Victoria bushfires crisis has 'months to go' Farmers shooting injured sheep
Forest fuel levels have worsened over the past 30 years because of "misguided green ideology", vested interests, political failure and mismanagement, creating a massive bushfire threat, a former CSIRO bushfire scientist has warned. Victoria's "failed fire management policy" is an increasing threat to human life, water supplies, property and the forest environment, David Packham said in a submission to the state's Inspector-General for Emergency Management. And he argued that unless the annual fuel reduction burning target, currently at a minimum of 5 per cent of public land, "is doubled or preferably tripled, a massive bushfire disaster will occur. The forest and alpine environment will decay and be damaged possibly beyond repair and homes and people [will be] incinerated."

Aussie Bushfire Update No 19: Sydney records hottest day ever almost 50 deg C: Fires unprecedented in the last 16 years (Data): Dangerous PM2.5 particulates values
'Hottest place on the planet': Penrith in Sydney's west approached 50 degrees today when the mercury reached an incredible 48.9 deg C, (120 deg F). As the bushfire threat across large parts of NSW remained critical into Saturday afternoon ahead of predicted volatile winds, heat records tumbled and residents struggled to find ways to cool down. A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Meteorology said heatwave conditions were experienced across the south-east of the country as north-westerly winds carried hot air from inland Australia. 

Aussie Bushfire Update No 18: Fires too big for computer models: Fires the size of Portugal: Horror weekend approaches: Temperatures once again in the mid-40Cs on Saturday
Andy Gillham, from the Bairnsdale incident control team in Gippsland, Victoria, said in the coming days some communities would have fires approaching "from almost all directions". "Everybody's saying the same thing, and that is because the scientific modelling that we use to try and predict where the fire might run is not coping with what's happening in the landscape just purely because of the fire load," he told ABC Gippsland. Mr Gillham said as fires build, they create their own weather, so data from the weather bureau becomes less relevant. Fires exceeded human and computer predictions. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fires in New South Wales on New Year's Eve exceeded all predictions. 

Aussie Bushfire Update No 17: Australian towns teeter on brink of a humanitarian crisis: Tasmania's Capital Hobart on fire: 45 deg C,(113 deg F) temps to return:
Australia is teetering on the edge of a humanitarian crisis as remote communities remain cut off from medical help, water sources are compromised and food and fuel supplies run low. Hundreds of fires are still burning out of control across the country, destroying millions of hectares, killing 18 and leaving at least 1,200 homes destroyed, with catastrophic 46C weather conditions forecast for Saturday. HMAS Choules, which delivered emergency supplies to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, left Sydney on Wednesday and docked off the coast of fire-stricken Mallacoota mid-morning on Thursday. HMAS Choules can carry 700 passengers but there are up 4,000 people who remain stranded in the seaside town after it was devastated by bushfires.

Aussie Bushfire Update No 16: Thousands of people taking refuge on the beaches: Fires generate tornadoes and supercell thunderstorms: Science behind the fire-whirls a mystery
nine dead and hundreds of properties destroyed, with worse to come Fires are generating tornadoes and supercell thunderstorms. A volunteer firefighter died on Monday when an event "which could only be described as a tornado" picked up and rolled the truck carrying him and two other crew members. With so few examples, the science behind these rotating fire systems is still being worked out, but there is no denying they are incredibly dangerous. "We know fire-whirls exist, they can be up to a few hundred metres high," said Nick McCarthy, who studies the interaction of bushfires and thunderstorms at the University of Queensland. 

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