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California North Bay Fires ~ Live and Raging


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#1 softeyes

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

Live 10/09/2017: As the North Bay fires are raging, my thoughts are with any BC members who live in that region, I pray that they will remain safe. This is another tragic event taking place.

 

**Officials say at least one person has died, two have been injured and many more may be at risk in the North Bay fires that have been sweeping across the North Bay Monday.

Over 65,000 acres across eight counties have burned as 1,500 structures have been destroyed.

 

http://abc7news.com/at-least-1-dead-2-injured-65000-acres-destroyed-in-horrific-north-bay-fires/2510205/

 

**Chief Ken Pimlott of Cal Fire said at least 1,500 homes and commercial facilities had been destroyed in 14 fires now burning in eight counties in Northern California, including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba. He said firefighters had “limited or no containment” on the fires, and that many communities “were just overrun.”

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/2-big-wildfires-prompt-evacuations-in-Napa-County-12262945.php



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:29 PM

Wow looks nasty.


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 06:57 PM

Nick, looks nasty has become meek. Read the latest @ 30 min. ago.

 

<snip> http://abc7news.com/death-toll-rises-to-15-in-massive-north-bay-wildfires/2515177/

 

Newly homeless residents of Northern California took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday while the blazes that have killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses kept burning. Hundreds more firefighters joined the battle against the uncontained flames.

"This is just pure devastation, and it's going to take us a while to get out and comb through all of this," said Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He said the state had "several days of fire weather conditions to come."

 

The wildfires already rank among the five deadliest in California history, and officials expected the death toll to increase as the scope of destruction becomes clear. At least 100 people were injured during the blazes that started Sunday night. Nearly 200 people were reported missing in Sonoma County alone.

Seventeen wildfires continued to rage Tuesday across parts of seven counties. Fire crews and other resources were being rushed in from other parts of the state and Nevada.

More than 240 members of the California National Guard helped ferry fuel to first responders because so many gas stations were without power. Guard members were also helping with medical evacuations and security at evacuation centers, said Maj. Gen. David Baldwin. 
In addition to knocking out electricity, the blazes damaged or destroyed 77 cellular sites, disrupting communication services that officials were rushing to restore, said Emergency Operations Director Mark Ghilarducci.

 

As with Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate, this catastrophe needs incredible attention, prayers and condolences for the families who have lost loved ones, please join me with these thoughts. It's a frightening time right now.



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:45 PM

I live around 100 miles south of the fire areas and the smoke has obscured the blue sky and turned the sun orange.  The particulate matter (ash) is so small that a REAL mask is needed, not a surgical mask.  The smell is intense and burns the nose and eyes.  somehow we'll survive.  cough,  cough



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:11 AM

U.S.P.S Postman Delivers Mail Santa Rosa Fires Drone Video By Douglas Thron October 10, 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y87FhUQWUM


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

One of the biggest problems facing the firefighters is the private citizens that are flying drones in the burn areas and creating a hazard for the planes and helicopters  trying to drop water and fire retardants. 



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:42 PM

This is a mess, worse than the hurricanes.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

This explains why the fires are so bad right now:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/10/this-is-why-california-wildfires-are-spinning-out-of-control/?utm_term=.70b5fa60ba15

Regarding idiots using drones that interfere with firefighting, one was arrested in Arizona this last July. Hope they hand down a harsh sentence:

https://petapixel.com/2017/07/03/drone-photographer-arrested-flying-forest-fire/
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