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2009 August 11 — Why Now?
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La Brea Update

FireThe fire has now burned over 20,500 acres and the isolated ranches in the area have been alerted to the possibility of evacuations, and to give them time to move stock.

Currently there are 23 Engines, 34 Crews, 12 Dozers, 9 Helicopters, and 1,062 Total personnel assigned to the fire, and Tanker 223, a Martin Mars Waterscooping aircraft, will be flying the fire today.

Links: The KEYT La Brea Fire article, the Santa Barbara Independent La Brea Fire page, InciWeb La Brea page with a map, and KSBY has videos.

These are semi-permanent links to pages that are updated constantly, or provide specific links to all of the related stories.

August 11, 2009   5 Comments

Some Relief In British Columbia

FireThe CBC has some good news for a change of the wildfire story: Hundreds return home as B.C. wildfires cool

Hundreds of people across B.C. forced from their communities because of wildfires will be headed home on Tuesday as rain and cooler temperatures help firefighters reduce the wildfire threat.

But with hundreds of fires still burning across the province, more than 1,800 people remain under evacuation orders, and thousands more remain under evacuation alerts, ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.

If you have been checking the fire map you can see more fire symbols going from red [uncontained] to orange [under control] and from orange to blue [out]. There are still a lot of red symbols in the southern third of the province, but there is noticeable change for the better.

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Tropical Depression Two

Tropical Depression TwoPosition: 14.8 N 31.5 W [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

It is 475 miles [765 km] West of the Cape Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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