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September-October, & (November!) 2018 California Fires

 

Page begun
September 5, 2018

(bottom of page)

LAST Update
November 25th, 2018

All Tree & Plant News

  2018
  CALIFORNIA'S SECOND FALL FIRE SEASON

Camp & Woolsey Fires

 Below
September-October
through
   
NOVEMBER !?!?! 

The Earliest
News, Smoke, & Fire Info-Resources on this page below begin on

Sept 3, on the bottom of this page

 

Previous Page, covering Our First Fire Season:
FIRES of JULY & AUGUST 2018

 

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DONNELL FIRE: SEPT 8, PCT FINALLY OPEN-CARSON ICEBERG-OPENING


DONNELL FIRE INFORMATION
Last
Updated
September 16, 2018

The history of reports on the Donnell Fire Starts at the Bottom of this Page, on August 6.
The initial Donnell Fire report of August 5 was posted on this page.

Context
High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar, Week of August 5-11, 2018
 

All High Sierra Fires
2018 FIRE SEASON #I
July & August 2018, Ferguson-Carr-Mendo-Donnell Fires

 

Donnell Fire
Timeline

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2018 Fire News, FERGUSON-CARR-DONNELL-MENDO Fires

Started July 16, 2018
(bottom of page)
LAST
Updated
August 29th

Tree News

July & August 2018
FIRE NEWS

 FERGUSON-CARR-MENDO-DONNELL
-CRANSTON-
FIRES

AUGUST 29
These fires of Summer are finally winding down, meaning this page is approaching the end of its life, and will soon be retired.

As of this date the Ferguson-Carr-Mendo-& Cranston Fires are Contained.
Donnell Fire is 62% Contained as of this Date.

Bookends
Start at the bottom of this page, with the May Warnings of a dire fire season approaching, then work your way back up here to the top, through reports on this year's Summer Fires, and then onto the next page, for the second fire season of 2018,
the Fall Fire Season of 2018.

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August 2018: NASA Observes Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

A Serious Mountain Safety Concern

Smokey Skies in North America,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 17, 2018.

"In mid-August 2018, deadly blazes across the western United States and Canada continued to destroy structures and disrupt the lives of millions of people. But you did not have to be close to the fires to witness its effects. These images show just how far across North America winds have carried the thick plumes of smoke."

 

Recently

Smokey Oregon,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 15, 2018.

“On August 15, 2018, nine large fires were burning in Oregon...”

 

NASA Images

Fire Season in the Western United States

 

 

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Donnell Fire Controversy Begins before Fire's Out

 

DONNELL FIRE CONTROVERSY BEGINS

This Incident and Forest Management Policy, Generally

Donnell Fire estimated 20 percent contained,
Union Democrat, August 13, 2018.

 

DONNELL FIRE INFORMATION PAGE

 

MAIN POINTS

Kennedy Meadows
"The Donnell Fire had grown to more than 44 square miles as of Monday afternoon and it was estimated to be about a half-mile from Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station..."

Kennedy Meadows
"A key for the continued survival of the historic Kennedy Meadows resort is the fire has so far remained north of Highway 108 on the east edges of the fire, while the resort and pack station are south of the paved road."

Today's Fire Map, the 14th, (Facecrook)

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Map

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July 10, 2018: Whitney Portal Closed & Evacuated by Georges Fire, UPDATED INFORMATION

 

FIRE NEWS

Inciweb: Georges Fire

July 10

Whitney Portal Evacuated and Closed

Original News Report

Original Forest Alert-Warning

No Trips Starting Out the Whitney Portal


UPDATES

July 16

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PGE TRYING TO DODGE CALIFORNIA FIRE LIABILITY BULLET

 

PUBLIC CORRUPTION
PGE TRYING TO DODGE FIRE LIABILITY BULLET

It's Time to Take Back PGE & ATT & the Internet...

Public Parasites or Public Utilities?

Edison, PG&E Seek Mercy From Courts Over Doomsday Fire Payouts,
Bloomturd, April 23, 2018.

 

PGE Tries to Avoid Costs of Burning California Down

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SoCal Fire News: A Nasty Mixture of Aerosols & Gases, Natural and CO2 Satellite Views

 

 

SoCal Fire
A Nasty Mixture of Aerosols and Gases

Natural and CO2 Satellite Views

California Wildfire Emissions,
NASA Earth Observatory, December 13, 2017

Covering the whole Coast of California


More from Earth Observatory

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Fire Threats: Fire & the Dangerous Retardants Used to Control them

 

 

Health & Fitness News
Fire Threats

Fire & the Retardants Used to Control them

Fire Retardant Use Explodes as Worries About Water, Wildlife Risk Grow,
Water Deeply, November 27, 2017.

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Firefighter Tribute: Mikey Hallenbeck Memorial near Echo Summit

 

 

Firefighter Tribute

Signs near Echo Summit honor fallen firefighter Mikey Hallenbeck,
Mountain Democrat, October 20, 2017.


The Gordian Knot of drought, radical climate change, irresponsible development, and tradegy are putting all of us at risk, but especially wildland firefighters.

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The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles: We Blow Up & Die, We Burn & We Die & Then YOU Pay

 

 

FIRE

The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles

We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

PG&E helped stall effort to map risky power lines prone to wildfires,
The Mercury News, October 23, 2017.


These state commissions supposedly regulating public utilities are under the political control of the Governor and Assembly, who are under the political control of their corporate bribers.

The ability of our corporations to buy politicians, of P,G, & E to affect our legislative and regulatory processes with money, with what is no less than open political bribery, must be ended for our own health & Safety, if not for the democratic principals involved.

The costs of corruption are much too high.

This is the “pay” phase of the “Cycle of Corruption.”

Over a billion in fire losses,
Mountain Democrat, October 23, 2017.

How much is PGE Bribery & Brown responsible for? Bribery-based fire-safety vetos have consequences....

 

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Not Fires, but Ignorance and Greed bring Consequences: US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

 

 

The Big Threat

Two Stories
FIRST
We should Not Fear Fires,
but the Ignorance and Greed driving these Firestorms

Santa Ana-style Wind Driven Firestorms

Northern California is facing catastrophic wildfires more typically seen in the south. Experts aren't sure why,
LAT, October 16, 2017.

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Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino County LNU Complex Fires: Wind Complex Fire News, Smoke News & Fire Information

 

 

Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

INCEPTION
Sunday Evening, the 8th of October

Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into the massive "LNU MENDO, and WIND" Complex Fires.

 

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High Sierra Fire Restrictions Lifting: Two Forests Fire-Based Restrictions Ending

 

 

Two
National Forests
Fire-Based Restrictions Lifting

 

Toiyabe Nat Forest

Temporary Shooting Restrictions on the Carson Ranger District to be Lifted October 1,
Toiyabe National Forest, September 22, 2017.

 

 

Inyo National Forest

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Wildfire-weary Western US coughs through late-season surge

 

Massive Fire Year in Western United States

Wildfire-weary Western US coughs through late-season surge,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, September 6, 2017.

Also See
The Drought Never Ended

 

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Sept 6: Extreme Fire & Smoke Conditions Abate

 Extreme Heat, Fire, and Smoke in the High Sierra and across the West Coast generally since September 1, 2017, abates a bit on the 6th.

September 6

EXTREME CONDITIONS ABATE

bit...

Fierce Heat Wave brings FIRE & SMOKE

Friday the First of September to Tuesday the 4th:

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