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Wild Fires - The Immediate Face of Climate Change? (Weather)

by dan @, Sunday, November 11, 2018, 15:41 (247 days ago) @ dan

Here's what's on Wikipedia with regards to the timeline

Over the years, a lot of people in academia have trashed Wikipedia, but where else do people go to collate such recent information in such an organized manner?


The Camp Fire started at sunrise on Thursday, November 8, around 6:33 a.m. PST, near Pulga, California, near Camp Creek Road in Butte County, California. Soon after the ignition of the Camp Fire, initial attack firefighters were dispatched to a report of a brush fire under Pacific Gas and Electric Company power lines near Poe Dam on the Feather River. Arriving 10 minutes later, the first units on scene observed rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior, due to low humidity and high winds in the area. (The National Weather Service had issued a Red Flag Warning for most of Northern California's interior, as well as Southern California through the morning of November 9.) They also reported that power lines were down.[11] Shortly after the fire erupted, the Butte County Sheriff's Office ordered the evacuation of Paradise.[12] Other locations were also issued evacuation orders, while others were issued evacuation warnings, and emergency shelters were established.[13]

Due to the speed of the fire, many residents of Paradise were unable to evacuate before the fire arrived. By 8:18 pm PST that day, the fire had burned 20,000 acres (8,100 ha) and threatened about 15,000 structures,[1] and wind speeds approached 50 mph (80 km/h), which allowed the fire to grow rapidly.[14] According to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Captain Scott McLean, "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation. The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out."[15] The Honey Run Covered Bridge over nearby Butte Creek, the last three-span Pratt-style truss bridge in the United States, was reported to be destroyed by the fire.[16]

By the morning of November 10, the Camp Fire was reported by CalFire to have grown to a size of 100,000 acres (40,000 ha) and was 20% contained.[2] By then, an estimated 6,713 structures had been destroyed by the fire.[17][18]


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