‘Too Many Fires’; Wildfire smoke blankets the US from California to New York. 70 (7) large fires or complexes across 12 (6+6) states.
By Hannah Gard and Judson Jones, CNN Updated 5:21 PM ET, Thu July 15, 2021
(CNN )Large wildfires burning across the US will blanket the country in smoke from California to New York.
Across the US, 68 large wildfires are currently burning over one million acres according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), mostly in the West where the widespread worsening drought conditions and heat waves have baked the region.
For weeks the West has sizzled in hot and dry weather, feeling little to no relief — and wildfires are thriving in the conditions. The dire situation has over 2 million people included in red flag warnings across the region Thursday.
Most of the country could see at least light surface-level wildfire smoke, apart from the Four Corners region and the coastal southeastern US. Upper-level air trapping smoke particles could transport smoke across the entire country, missing only Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Peninsula.
Heavy wildfire smoke from massive fires in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada will move into northern Minnesota Thursday, lingering through Friday morning. Air quality in Minnesota and North Dakota is being reported as “unhealthy” by AirNow due to hazy conditions.
The smoke is lifting high enough into the atmosphere to be influenced by upper air masses, carrying the particles across the US toward the East Coast.
Even parts of the Northeast including New York are forecast to see smoke as it is carried from the destructive fires in the western US and Canada, mixing down to the surface on Friday.
Wildfires alone are extremely dangerous, but the smoke they distribute can also cause harm prompting air quality alerts to be issued in five states including Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota.
Heavy wildfire smoke will sit over the Pacific Northwest Thursday and Friday and air quality alerts span the region due to the sizable number of wildfires, including the country’s largest fire currently burning thousands of acres.
The Bootleg fire in Oregon has torn through over 200,000 acres since it was reported on July 6 and is sending massive plumes of smoke into the atmosphere from its explosive activity. It is currently the largest fire burning in the US.
“The fire sent up multiple pyrocumulus clouds and also a large pyrocumulonimbus from one plume that prompted an advisory for possible plume collapse yesterday evening. Lightning was detected as well as rotation within the plume,” National Weather Service (NWS) Medford said.
Air quality alerts have been put in place Thursday across Oregon due to heavy smoke from the fire in effect until further notice.
“Smoke can irritate the eyes, lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk to adverse health effects include infants, young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant women,” NWS Medford said.
This is how the smoke makes it to your neighborhood
Large fires in ripe atmospheric conditions that feature especially dry and unstable air are capable of producing thunderstorm-like weather.
Large, towering cumulonimbus clouds, like the ones seen during thunderstorms, are created when the air near the surface is heated, causing the air particles to rise. In a typical storm, a cold front interacting with the warm surface air causes the air to rise and clouds to billow larger.
In the event of extremely large and explosive fires, the heat at the surface is so intense that it causes the air to rise quickly enough that it forms its own weather, producing pyrocumulous and pyrocumulonimbus clouds that can contain lightning and thunder.
“Hot and very buoyant, the air in the plume rapidly rises, as it rises it cools and expands. Once cooled sufficiently, water vapour condenses on the ash to form a grey or brown cloud above the plume. At this stage, the cloud is called a pyrocumulus, but if enough water vapour is available and the updraft continues to intensify, then it can develop further into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud,” according to the Royal Meteorological Society.
The NWS in Medford observed four distinct pyrocumulous from the Bootleg fire on Wednesday.
Smoke from pyrocumulus clouds can be lofted as far up in the atmosphere as the stratosphere, where it tends to be trapped for a prolonged period. Once in the stratosphere, the aerosol smoke particles can take the atmospheric highways across the globe.
Experimental smoke forecasts show the extent of the travel of smoke particles as they make their way from the western US to the East Coast in a span of 24 hours.
The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke forecast model is a new experimental method of tracking and forecasting smoke height.
“It is the first weather forecast model in the U.S. to include smoke’s impact on weather, and it has become a vital resource for fire crews, air traffic controllers, local forecasters, and even school administrators,” said NOAA.
Oregon is not expected to see improving fire weather conditions through the end of the week and lingering heavy smoke will remain a problem for the Pacific Northwest.
“Poor humidity recovery at night is contributing to active fire spread through the night time period. Robust spread rates are being generated by drought-affected fuels,” said InciWeb.
Latest drought monitor Thursday showed continued deterioration of drought conditions and exceptional drought expansion in Oregon. Drought conditions allow for dried out brush and timber to be easily devoured by fires, exacerbating the extreme nature of wildfires.
As fires continue to mangle the parched earth, smoke carried by the upper level air will cover most of the central US, with waves brought as far as the East Coast through the weekend.
“NOAA satellites are monitoring the fires, their smoke output, and air quality effects from the smoke. The fires are injecting smoke 40,000 feet into the atmosphere and compromising air quality, said NOAA.
Air quality will be poorest in the areas closest to the large fires. Northwestern US states will be impacted by the smoke through the weekend and likely see more deterioration in air quality. The lofted smoke across the country will make for red sunrises and sunsets as the light is scattered through hazy air.
The northeastern US coast could see red sunsets and slightly hazy skies through the weekend.
Wildfire activity has exploded in 2021, surpassing the record-breaking season last year as climate change-driven heat waves and historic drought fuels dangerous fire conditions.
This year has already seen 6,271 more wildfires than in 2020, burning 511,427 more acres
Wildfires have scorched almost 1 million acres across 12 states
By Aya Elamroussi and Joe Sutton, CNN Updated 10:19 PM ET, Thu July 15, 2021
(CNN)The Oregon National Guard was deployed Wednesday to help fight the massive Bootleg Fire — the country’s largest wildfire — which has already charred more than 220,000 acres.
The fire, which has scorched 227,234 acres in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in the state’s southwestern area, began July 6 and was 7% contained as of Thursday.
The state’s National Guard was called on to help with road closures and traffic control for areas affected by the fire, said Liz Merah, press secretary for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
About 1 million acres have been scorched in over 70 (7) large fires or complexes across 12 (6+6) states, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) said Thursday on its website.
With wildfires burning across much of the West, the nation is at its highest level of fire preparedness, according to the NIFC. This is the earliest move to Preparedness Level 5 — also known as PL 5 — in the past decade, the agency said.
Temperatures across the region are expected to remain above normal while storms are on horizon — and weather conditions stand to exacerbate an already dire situation as huge areas of land go up in flames.
In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency for the majority of the state, noting that the negative impact of climate change cannot be ignored any longer.
“Every part of our state is under attack. Every person in some way is under attack from the combined effects of climate change … today ravaging our state. We have to recognize this,” the Democratic governor said Wednesday. “This wave of climate change is breaking across our state, from east to west, north to south.
“This is not political hyperbole. It is a scientific consensus that is jarring the life of every Washingtonian in some way,” Inslee said.
The emergency declaration includes all of Washington except for the Seattle, Tacoma and Everett metro regions, which the governor said are currently believed to have enough water for the time being.
Oregon and Washington moved into the highest level of wildfire preparedness Wednesday as the Bootleg Fire continued to tear through hundreds of thousands of acres.
Communities around Summer Lake and the town of Paisley in southern Oregon were being evacuated Thursday due to “increased fire activity” around the blaze.
In Chelan County, Washington, 1,500 homes are under evacuation notifications because of the fast-moving Red Apple Fire, which has burned at least 11,000 acres, according to the sheriff’s office and fire officials.
In Northern California, firefighters are battling the Dixie Fire, leading officials to issue evacuation warnings. The fire sparked Tuesday in Butte County, burning through nearly 2,250 acres with no containment, according to CAL Fire. The same area was devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history.
Climate experts have said the dozens of wildfires burning amid the West’s severe drought and heat waves are also induced by the climate crisis.
And wildfires are not only hitting the US. In British Columbia, Canada, the Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation order Wednesday for 1,074 properties in Flat Lake to Green Lake, according to a news release.
The order applies to approximately 140,775 acres, where people were asked to leave immediately. The latest data shows that at least 310 active fires are raging in the province.
‘It’s just heartbreaking’
Native American communities in Washington and Oregon are also dealing with ravaging wildfires.
The Bootleg Fire has torched ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes in south Oregon. “It’s just heartbreaking as this in our traditional ancestry land. We have been up in this area for at least 14,000 years,” Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, told CNN.
“The fire is burning in our traditional homelands where we have treaty rights to gather, hunt, fish and exercise our traditional rights. It will have a negative effect on our treaty resources,” Gentry said in a phone interview.
There are nearly 5,600 members of the Klamath Tribes and about half of them live in Klamath County, about 70 miles north of the Oregon-California border. The fire has forced some members to evacuate.
“Though I haven’t been able to get to the area since the fire has burned through, I feel devastated, I feel devastated by it. I have hunted the area with my father, brother, grandson, many other elders and tribal members over the years. Just thinking of the loss is difficult for me and many of our people,” Gentry told CNN.
To make matters worse, he said the tribes are concerned about water quality issues caused by the fire.
In northeast Washington, the Chuweah Creek Fire is burning near the Colville Indian Reservation, where tribal leaders say there are not enough resources to keep it under control.
“We’ve had the heat wave that dried out everything out here, with the potential that it could become catastrophic very soon,” Colville Business Council Chairman Andy Joseph Jr. told CNN Wednesday.
Seven homes were destroyed in the last two days, Joseph said. The fire has charred more than 32,000 acres, the NIFC said.
The reservation’s economy is also threatened by the flames.
“Some of the animals had to be put down because of burns,” he said, adding that timber generates the revenue to help keep their government running.
CNN’s Steve Almasy, Amanda Watts, Chris Boyette and Andy Rose contributed to this report.
8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028-3028).
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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