Stuff in the news 5/28/2015 – Wildfires

Fire Danger Level Meme

News:

  • 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. http://bit.ly/1EyDG0Z

  • 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! http://bit.ly/1Qe1oGs
  • 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. http://bit.ly/1ezsXyn
  • “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.” http://bit.ly/1EzNJCR

  • Mud Lake Complex is still going but transitioned to a type 2 team this morning: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4260/
  • 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: bit.ly/1J9QQIe
  • 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: bit.ly/1Au8p4w. 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 http://bit.ly/1EzOgVp
    • Southern Okanagon also reminds residents to maintain their property and clear debris, as a very dry summer is ahead: http://bit.ly/1G4JYfX
    • Alaska Division of Forestry has a great list of fire safety tips here: bit.ly/1HVmxDA

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Stuff in the news 5/27/2015 – Wildfires

Fire Danger Level Meme

News: 

  • Canada is still having a rough go of it today. Alberta rescinded some evacuations but is warning residents of health danger, due to wildfire smoke. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia all have a number of fires or heightened fire risk, as well.
  • Alberta is a big deal, largely because of the threat to Canada’s oil sands production, which has already been cut about 10%. What the heck are oil sands, anyhow?
  • Alaska had fires near Nikolai and near the North Pole.
  • The cost of fighting fires in Oregon last year came out to $200 million. ODF advises residents to be prepared and to mitigate risk by creating defensible space (always a good idea!)
  • Mud Lake Complex in Florida will transition to Southern Area Gold Team on the morning of Thursday the 28th. It is currently 51% contained.
  • In Collier County, FL, the sheriff’s office has new camera technology in their helicopters that can be used to assist in wildfire evacuations.
  • A prescribed burn in Pinaleño Mountains in Arizona beginning Thursday the 28th http://bit.ly/1KyLOHd.
  • If you’re up for a run and anywhere around Chino Valley, AZ, June 4 registration is the deadline for the Chino Valley fundraiser Hotshot 10k, 5K, Fun Walk http://bit.ly/1LHs1m2
  • In California, a marijuana grower was fined $6.5 million for sparking a wildfire and a girl was convicted over the San Diego Cocos fire, which she started “to see what would happen”. She was sentenced to community service for starting the fire, which grew to about 2,000 acres.
  • Thinking about learning more about forest ecology? Turns out there fewer students studying botany nowadays.
  • via @mic654 on Twitter, Kyle Dickman, the author of On the Burning Edge, about the Yarnell hotshots, says you should stop expecting firefighters to save your homes 
  • Speaking of Yarnell, there is also a movie in the making and @FSOMile wonders how close it will be to the facts.

Other stuff: 

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Stuff in the news 5/26/2015 – Wildfires

Fire Danger Level Meme

News

Other stuff

  • In Arizona, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff PD, and the USFS are jointly giving a WoodsWatch class on Wednesday the 27th.
  • UN OCHA has a series of environmental e-courses available on their website
  • Dan Guenthner tweeted about a rebuttal to a WSJ review of the new Outside book on Yarnell. The rebuttal is worth reading and I suspect the book is too. I can’t endorse, having not read it, even started.

Why do mudslides occur and how do they relate to soil?

Good background info for #ORfire #WAfire folks but also for other parts of the country.

Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!

Question: Why do mudslides occur and how do they relate to soil?

Answer: As explained in the last Soils Matter post, in order to have a strong foundation for a house or a building, the soil must also be stable and strong.

A mudslide (or landslide) consists of mud and other earth materials that fall down a slope, usually after a period of heavy rain. When buildings balance on soils that cannot effectively capture and react to precipitation, mudslides may occur. The weight of the water and the steep incline push the mud and dirt downhill. Mudslides can happen quickly or slowly. Flash mudslides, where heavy, watery dirt falls suddenly without warning, are the most dangerous.

Mudslides can happen in all 50 states, but there are certain places where mudslides are more prone to happen. For example, on the West Coast, states like California, Washington, and Oregon see…

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Starbucks denies reports its mobile app was hacked

Fortune

Starbucks [fortune-stock symbol=”SBUX”] says its popular mobile app has not been hacked, contradicting multiple media reports that intruders have hijacked the accounts of hundreds of the coffee chain’s customers, siphoned off the value stored on the smartphones, and then used the auto-reload function to steal debit and credit card information.

“Starbucks takes the obligation to protect customers’ information seriously. News reports that the Starbucks mobile app has been hacked are false,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Starbucks can ill-afford any bad publicity around the app. Its mobile payment service is an industry-leading success, behind some 16% of purchases, its CEO Howard Schulz told investors in January. The app helps foster customer loyalty but also reduces the interchange transaction fees charges it would pay credit and debit card issuers. What’s more, the app will play a key role in Starbucks’ upcoming delivery service.
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Though Starbucks has…

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Your Favorite Apps Know More About You Than You Realize

TIME

Earlier this week, a long-lost co-worker sent me a request on Trivia Crack. The message flashed on my iPhone’s screen, and then later popped up in my Facebook notifications. Hours later, an old barfly friend of mine sent another one. And then after a few days passed, a high school classmate sent one as well.

Something had to be up, because not only was I not a big Trivia Crack player, I didn’t even have the app on my phone anymore. So I dropped my classmate a note via Facebook, asking what prompted her to prod me on a game I only played twice, months ago. “You sent me a spin, I thought I returned the favor,” she replied.

Immediately, my mind went racing. It was bad enough this game was doing things in my name without my permission, but what does Trivia Crack know about me? One thing’s for…

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The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Thought Catalog

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 3.04.19 PMESTJ – An incredibly impractical person is put in charge of all of your major life decisions. You have to do whatever they say and are powerless to argue or reason with them.

INFP – Your deepest thoughts and feelings are exposed to a large audience and everyone thinks that you’re pathetic and unoriginal.

INTJ – Every time you open your mouth to say something intelligent, something entirely idiotic comes out instead.

ESFJ – Someone you love is in dire need of practical help and you can’t give it to them. Worse yet, they think you’re refusing to help them out of pettiness and they’re mad at you.

ESFP – You are stuck in a room by yourself for the rest of eternity.

ISTP – The Zombie apocalypse happens but you’re suddenly the world’s weakest fighter and must depend solely on your loved ones to keep you alive.

ENFP –…

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Jive Chime Wants to Ring Slack’s Bell With New Real-Time Messaging App