As Hurricanes Slam The South, Shocking Images Show The Western US Is Literally On Fire

Authored by Carey Wedler via,

Amid the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the impending destruction of Hurricane Irma, many Americans may not be aware that the western region of the country is suffering the opposite wrath of mother nature. From southern California to Washington, wildfires are engulfing thousands of acres of land and prompting thousands of evacuations. Many of the states battling the wildfires have been doing so all summer.

On Saturday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency across the state due to the risk of wildfires, and the National Weather Service warned that 26 of the state’s 39 counties were at very high or extreme riskAccording to the Washington Department of Ecology, “[a]lmost all of WA [was] awash in wildfire smoke” on Sunday. The department noted air quality in many areas had suffered as a result. According to NASA satellite imagery, smoke is also being pushed eastward across the U.S.

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Just one fire in Washington, east of the Cascades at Jolly Mountain in Kittitas County, was burning 15,000 acres as of Saturday. The Seattle Times reported that “[r]oads in that area have been closed and about 3,800 homes have received Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation orders. Level 3 is the most urgent notice.” The Eagle Creek fire, burning on both sides of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, has torched 10,000 acres while the Norse Peak Fire in Pierce County has burned 19,000 and prompted evacuation orders. It has been burning since the middle of last month.

According to a map posted by the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, wildfires are hitting various regions in both Washington and Oregon (they were also plaguing the region last month). Newsweek reported Tuesday that on Saturday, over 150 hikers were stranded in Oregon after a man-made fire possibly caused by fireworks gained steam.

Though the hikers are safe, “the fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night. As of the morning of September 5th, the fire had grown significantly and had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain,” according to a government-issued incident report. Nearby residents have been served a Level 3 evacuation order, meaning rather than simply being ready to evacuate, they should evacuate right away.

The fire is now reportedly covering 4,800 acres, and nearly 300 personnel are working to contain it. It is being exacerbated by strong winds and high heat.

Larch Mountain and the communities of Dodson, Warrendale, Latourell, Bridal Veil, and East Corbett were all given Level 3 evacuation orders while other areas were upgraded from Level 1 to Level 2 warnings.

Late Sunday evening, the Oregon Weather Service warned that [c]onditions will get worse before getting better. Expect rapid westward movement of the fire as strong east winds continue through the night.” Air quality has worsened and some schools in Multnomah County, Cowlitz County, and Lower Columbia, Columbia Gorge were shut down as of Tuesday, Newsweek reported, with others closing early.

Authorities expect the fire to burn for the rest of September.

Even western Montana is burning. The Missoulan reported:

Winds whipped wildfires around western Montana into a renewed fury overnight Saturday into Sunday, briefly trapping firefighters, burning buildings, and forcing new mandatory evacuations.”


One fire outside Seeley Lake in Powell County grew more than 15,000 acres on Sunday, and “seven fires burning near Plains, Trout Creek and Thompson Falls grew large enough Saturday to warrant a takeover by the Western Montana Type II Incident Management Team.”

At one point on Saturday, every part of the state failed to register “good air” quality. Evacuation orders were issued for at least seven different fires. Montana has been battling fires since July.

Meanwhile, in California, over 10,000 firefighters have been working to contain 23 large wildfires across the state, the Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday. “Helena Fire in Trinity County is among the most troublesome, with 72 homes destroyed and more than 11,000 acres consumed about 5 miles northwest of Junction City,” the outlet reported.

Though the fire started last Wednesday, Cal Fire reported Tuesday morning that it was only 14% contained, with close to 1,500 firefighters working to put it out. Officials said it is burning in remote, steep terrain, and nearby residents have been issued evacuation orders.

A smaller fire in Butte County has burned over 4,000 acres and burned 32 homes but is currently 76% contained. Evacuation orders in that area have been lifted.

Lower-intensity fires have also plagued Yosemite and entered a grove of 2,700-year-old Sequoia trees. Thankfully, no trees have been killed so far due to their resilient bark and the less aggressive quality of the blaze.

Fires also raged in Los Angeles over the weekend, burning 7,000 acres in what was called the largest wildfire in the county’s history. Flames burned four homes and prompted the evacuations of 700 residents, along with a declaration of a state of emergency from Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday. That fire is now almost entirely contained.

Due to fires across the state, air quality alerts were issued for Mariposa, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced,  Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties in California. Fires have been burning in the state all summer. The government’s Incident Information System lists 30 active fires of various sizes throughout the state.

In Idaho, multiple active fires are plaguing over 200,000 acres of land, with two fires alone scorching over 65,000 acres each so far. Fires in Idaho have been burning since July.

Fires are also burning in British ColumbiaUtah, and Colorado, though they are on a smaller scale.


Well-placed fears about storms on the Gulf coast are dominating national headlines, but the scourge of wildfires throughout the west is also straining resources, threatening wildlife, prompting vast evacuations, and endangering air quality for millions of people.


Slack Jack runswithscissors Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

Irma Is Now The Strongest Atlantic Hurricane On Record; Record-Setting Wildfires in Los Angeles; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?

Apologies to those who have seen this before.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

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DeadFred NoDebt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:00 Permalink

His point is he believes the crap that they spoon feed him. Record fires in LA? At 8,000 acres? What BS! Maybe the La Tuna fire set a record for the biggest fire located on a ridge of hills completely enclosed by urban development and seen by more people real time. Or some such argument but non of the Cali fires this year have been impressive. He quotes stats on how much warmer the year was than any on record but who gave him the stats? They are massaged numbers that are glaringly manipulated. Finland, for example, had a particularly cold summer but their data shows it as slightly above average. No one does their own analysis. We ALL rely on the 'facts' given to us by others but we can see with our own eyes examples of when we are being lied to. How do we trust any of this? Both the main stream and the alt news consistently mold the data to fit their narratives. The problem this guy has is that he actually believes these 'facts' as presented to him. The slightest amount of digging would spotlight the lies. That's easy. If someknows of a way to discover the real truth I'm all ears.

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oDumbo Consuelo Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:46 Permalink

We should all destroy the boards with endless, trivial diatribe in every article until the lazy Tylers get the fucking point.  KILL SLACKJACKOFF and remove him quickly each time he/they pops up with a new account.  Tylers, you want us here, get your shit together!

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GUS100CORRINA NoDebt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:35 Permalink

Sodom and Gomorrah????? (Maybe, just maybe, GOD is sending a message. Anyone listening? We (including me) need to STOP SINNING!!! (John 8:5-11)“Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

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FringeImaginigs NoDebt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

It's so nice to know that he made his point. But having someone else make a point is different than actually understanding it, assessing it, and valuing it. Here on ZH we need to admit that we just don't want his sort of information because it doesn't conform or confirm our enlightened perspectives. We know the earth travels in circles (approximately) so eveyrthing seen will be seen again, Kumbaya. 

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Stan Smith NoDebt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

+1 and many more.Even if one is interested in his version of the "facts", the fact that he's posted this mindless tripe continually tells me he doesnt actually have a thought in his head and is merely releasing the same dopamine out there.    It's been on boards about this stuff daily.   If it had any affect,  it's long gone now.

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PhysicalRealm Joe Davola Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:32 Permalink

I'm in SW Oregon. There's a 176,000 acre fire here, the smoke from which is causing me to turn on lights at 10:30am.
The Chetco Bar Fire started as 1/4 acre on July 12 and they let it get out of hand.

And yeah, Joe Davola, our predicted temps of 100+ haven't happened - it's been cooler because of the smoke. Small consolation for not being able to breathe.

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Radical Marijuana Conservative Hippy Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:32 Permalink

Yes, Conservative Hippy, after a decade of documenting my efforts to develop a better informed opinion regarding the issues around humans blamed for climate change, I have gradually converged more towards opinions which are most up-voted by those who comment on Zero Hedge.The central feature of my "universal model" regarding how civilization has developed is that was directed by applications of the methods of organized crime on larger and larger scales, which resulted in civilization becoming almost totally dominated by enforced frauds, operated by the best available professional liars and immaculate hypocrites. That applies "universally," and so, it also applies to the ways that the ruling classes, dominating the mainstream mass media, were able to pick and promote biased views regarding the threat of climate change, in order to transform those threats into even more excuses for them to control and exploit other people.

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Hans-Zandvliet Slack Jack Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:40 Permalink

It seems like you're on a personal crusade, copying and pasting your much too long comment into every article about natural disasters. But such a cheap way of trolling around is about as convincing as jehovah’s witnesses going from one house to the next, knocking on every door and harassing people in their own homes. Looking at the response, you're not convincing anyone. On the contrary, you're just galvanizing the conviction of people who don't believe that man-made climate change is real. Some people will never be convinced and ZH is just one of their favourite sites, so why bother them if the result is the opposite of what you intend to achieve?
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Pulp Culture Pinto Currency Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:56 Permalink

Sierra foothills have thousands of drought killed trees and decades of duff waiting for a spark. cal dummies rather see the trees burn than be harvested for lumber. Modern forests are overgrown due to a lack regular small fires which burn/clear immature trees and brush. Established trees withstand small fires. Fed policy is to put out all fires, nature's plan is to have regular small fires to clear the forest floor of ladder fuels and protect the established trees. At this point, human intervention can nibble around the edges to reduce catastrophic fire danger, but after nearly 100 years of unchecked fuel load growth, major fires are inevitable.  

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