Stuff in the news 5/28/2015 – Wildfires

Fire Danger Level Meme


  • Widespread rain in Yukon has dampened forest fire dangers to low or moderate from extreme in some regions of the territory, including the Whitehorse area. The fire risk remains extreme in the Mayo area, and high around Dawson City, Carmacks and Ross River.

  • Currently, there are 42 wildfires burning throughout Alberta, down from 63 fires reported Wednesday. Of those, 10 are considered out of control, nine are being held, and 23 are under control. Still much danger for Cenovus’ oil sands production: Cenovus Energy has reported that the fire is about 20 km south of their Foster Creek oil sands facility, and about three kilometres southeast of the Athabasca natural gas caribou south site. 

  • And for a little perspective on the size of the Cold Lake fire,  The Cold Lake Sun points out that Cold Lake weapons range fire is now larger than Cold Lake itself!
  • DeTect has developed technology to profile Santa Ana winds and wildfire risk. The system is being used by San Diego Gas & Electric to determine wildfire conditions.
  • “Experts say the keys to adapting Western lives to these wildfire risks lie in how fires and the lands that fuel them are managed; and in how yards, neighborhoods and cities are planned, built and run.”

  • Mud Lake Complex is still going but transitioned to a type 2 team this morning:
  • Oregon Department of Forestry has begun regular reporting of wildfire activity. It is currently being released weekly and will become a daily report, as the season gets busier:
  • In further news from Oregon, the bill for fighting all those fires last year was about $200 million. Across the entire Pacific NW region, it was a whopping $460 million: So do us all a favor and follow all the safety guidelines; put out your campfires; and firewise your property.
  • From burn bans to safety tips, agencies continue to convince us to protect ourselves and each other:
    • British Columbia has a fire ban for Coastal Centre in effect until mid-October
    • Southern Okanagon also reminds residents to maintain their property and clear debris, as a very dry summer is ahead:
    • Alaska Division of Forestry has a great list of fire safety tips here:

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