130,000 Acres Burned In California After 143mph "Fire Tornado" Rips Through Redding

California's Shasta County is dealing with the 6th-worst fire in state history, which has killed 6 people and burned over 130,000 acres. The Carr fire, which is just 39% contained and being fought by oiver 4,300 fire personnel, has destroyed over 1,500 structures and is threatening another 1,300. Thousands of residents have been evacuated, while Yosemite Valley gave people until Noon on Friday to leave the area. 

Fire tornado

Large fires such as the Carr can produce their own unique weather paterns - and this was no exception. On July 26, the inferno unleashed a "fire tornado" that was so strong it uprooted trees and stripped away their bark. The National Weather Service on Thursday said that the vortex reached in excess of 143 MPH - equivalent to an EF-3 on the enhanced Fujita tornado scale

“This is historic in the U.S.,” Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Research Laboratory, told BuzzFeed News. “This might be the strongest fire-induced tornado-like circulation ever recorded.”

Known as a pyrocumulus cloud, the ominous red weather formations usually occur over volcanic eruptions or forest fires when intensely heated air triggers an upward motion that pushes smoke and water vapor to rapidly rise. They can develop their own weather patters, including thunderstorms with severe winds which then further fan the flames. 

The tornado formed as the blaze, which has already charred an area three times as large as the District of Columbia, erupted and began to rotate like a supercell thunderstorm. Initially the smoke plume reached about 20,000 feet. That’s not overly impressive for a thunderstorm, but it couldn’t rise any higher: It was trapped beneath an inversion.

That “cap” in the atmosphere caused the smoke to spread out. But around 7:15 p.m. Pacific time, two plumes suddenly managed to break the cap. They rose into an unstable environment and exploded upward, towering to nearly 40,000 feet within just 30 minutes. That extreme, rapid vertical growth of the fire fueled an updraft that eventually would spawn the tornado. -WaPo

Fire map of California: 


junction I am Groot Fri, 08/03/2018 - 17:32 Permalink

Geoengineering at its best.  Forests wrecked by chemtrails: compounds of barium, aluminum, strontium and who knows what else dusted on the land to make it an animal death zone.  Satellite and HAARP directed energy weapons to trigger multiple points of ignition.  Trees deliberately injected with poisons by NWO land owners to leave them in the state of kindling wood.  What is the end game?  Death to the cattle, us!

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Majestic12 Free This Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

"Who knew commies were so flammable ?"
To the morons who know nothing of California, outside of "the Bay Area" (mainly SF, Berkeley and Oakland) the rest of the state is exactly like the fucking "midwest"!

And Redding, assholes, is more "redneck" than K.C.! It is mostly hunters, Ag (horses, cattle, sheep) and real estate....99% Republican! And, I might add, the highest "welfare roles" (more than Oakland!) and meth problems in the state!

So eat shit and wake the fuck up. You are just as bad as blind liberal bias when you have no geographic knowledge.

Either way, nobody deserves to burn except the brainless pig fucker who started the fire!

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NiggaPleeze Tarzan Sat, 08/04/2018 - 03:10 Permalink

Well, it's not all forest if by forest you mean trees.  Plenty of grass/brush areas went up in smoke - and there is lots and lots of smoke.  All the way up to Oregon it's pervasive.

As to being a desert:  Redding gets about 35" of rain per year, which is about the national average and comparable to Dallas.  Compare, for example, Fargo, ND, with 22.5", or San Diego, CA, with 12".

The problem with a large part of California is that with its "Mediterranean climate" it gets a good amount of rain in the winters, which are mild, so there's lots of plant growth, but the summers are dry and quite hot, causing fire risk mainly from dried grasses.  The trees (mainly fir, pine and other conifers) and bushes (mainly chaparral) survive the summer but the grasses become brown by early July and very dry by August.  Combine that with contemporary fire-fighting due to population growth/expansion, which leaves a tremendous amount of fuel (downed trees) lying around, and you get large, hot fires.

Others also believe the government spices up the mix with its "contrails" that spread various hot-burning chemicals into certain areas.

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Obscene FRN Call Majestic12 Fri, 08/03/2018 - 21:54 Permalink

Who started the fire ..technically, someone in a pickup pulling a travel trailer that blew a tire and likely sent some sparks.

Other people responsible for the conditions that enable a roadside inconsequentiality to become a catastrophe are those who operated the Iron Mtn mine 100 years ago that destroyed the north valley forests with acid rain. That unredeemable Superfund site left damage beyond the boundary fence that nobody has located the initiative to restore.

Another group of people complicit if not outright responsible for the destruction of property and human life are state and county governments and land use planners along with the developers of the subdivisions who squeeze the boxes together just a little more to extract one more taxable unit, a little more profit. Why build a mcmansion out of real materials like stucco walls and tile roofs when you can achieve the same trendy look by stapling styrofoam panels with a millimeter of finish stucco sprayed on, and the architectural asphalt shingles atop an engineered truss and OSB paneling that burns in seconds. With the right breeze one flaming house will ignite its neighboring ones ...and the risk is absorbed by the gullible buyer who has the required insurance premium tacked to the monthly payment.

Not sure what the % of homes on the west side are owned and occupied by people who invest time and money into their property, vs those who buy to flip, rent, etc. as well as the number of vacant lots and vacation homes ..but overall my opinion is that the great majority is entirely complacent about the dangers now unleashed.

Add the AGW and Drought wackos ...and their ability to persuade the media to convince the homeowners of this state (who consume 5% of the state's water infrastructure) that keeping the vegetation alive around their houses is somehow 95% of the drought "problem" ...I couldn't think of a better setup for destruction if I had terrorist intentions.

Glad to see that $6 billion in illegal "Fire Fees" has proven so successful ...fucking joke. Somehow this fire season will just become another uncritically examined political excuse to shake more $ from people as punishment for using petroleum or wood.

Make sure to throw out that $50 woodstove and buy that $2500.00 one with a catalytic or your the ecoterrorist!


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south40_dreams Free This Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

California is in fact mostly desert, and drought is the natural state of the place. It would solve many problems if they would use some of their abundant natural gas to power a Manhattan Project sized desalination system. But of course liberals NEVER want to see ANY problem get solved.....

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snblitz south40_dreams Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

California is in fact mostly desert,

California is a **big** place and indeed mostly desert, but not Northern California.  A good portion of Northern California is forest and gets tons of rainfall.

I live in it.  My area gets 30 to 120 inches of rainfall per year (generally 45 to 60).  Technically my area could qualify as Monsoon country and rain forest.

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Battlefield USA Micah C. Miracle Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:05 Permalink

I live in the DESERT. The desert is not burning. We did have a small fire due to a car fire and was quickly put out.


Anyhow, what we have been missing is the summer downpours for about 10 years or so now. The clouds still roll in, but it just won't rain like it used to. Also, the winters are not the same anymore. Unusually warm. I can go out at night with a t-shirt and not freeze my ass off.


Anyhow, whether a natural drought, or scientific, I don't know. I've lived here most of my 59 years, and it is unusual.


For those who don't know what the desert looks like:





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slyder wood Battlefield USA Sat, 08/04/2018 - 00:31 Permalink

Desert dweller here, born and raised, bit longer than you. The afternoon monsoon thundershower pattern that usually began in July, for as long as anyone knew, is nonexistent. Been like that since mid 90s. Rains less, and most always at night. Lakes haven’t topped off since then either. Moisture line in forest is moving higher, it’s a measurement a silviculturist friend makes for Fed and Private forests. The jet stream is moving/meandering north, high pressure cells hover over entire SW regions for weeks. Early windy Spring, milder winters, more fires. Many of the forests I roamed, hunted, fished, skied, climbed, are gone. If normal weather pattern don’t resume it will be something different, maybe what they call desertification, which is expanding globally. Of course there’s the occasional wet period/cold snap etc but the trend doesn’t look that good. Again, this has been going on for over 20 years. Could say it’s anecdotal, not an indication of climate change. Doesn’t matter, as nature will have last say.

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Faeriedust Micah C. Miracle Sun, 08/05/2018 - 15:58 Permalink

LOL.  Easy if you come from the East Coast.   Cali is dry compared to what we're used to.  The "forests" are all fast-growing (and quick-burning) pine, not the deciduous leaves that cover the sky like a canopy.  At least, having seen what they call forest in Eastern Oregon, I have to say, Westerners and Easterners come from two entirely different countries.  It's like, well, a Western forest is to a forest, like the Appalachians are to mountains.

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SergeA.Storms Free This Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:15 Permalink

Not the Carr Fire.  I was in Redding today and ash falls from the sky, covering everything.  Entire neighborhoods decimated, forestland decimated and still highly threatened as the fire moves west into the Trinity Alps and towns of Lewiston, Weaverville, and several other hamlets.  


This articles second paragraph references the Carr Fire and Yosemite as if they are remotely near each other.  They are about 700-800 miles apart and hav nothing to do with the other.  

Shasta county is conservative, 67% votes Republican.  This is not ‘liberal kommiefornia’ far from it.  It’s a big place, hours to get to Redding from places in the same county.

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Obscene FRN Call south40_dreams Fri, 08/03/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

Dunno about its status today, but if memory serves (from the book Cadillac Desert) California already built and operates one of the largest desal plants ...and it's entire purpose is to make Colorado river water just clean enough to meet the treaty ...good for one more irrigation on the south side of the border before it's poison.

No shortage of ocean or sunshine, desal could be passive. Or, agricultural allotment strategies could be updated from the 1870s ...remember that the term Drought is a designation applied everytime the annual rainfall is less than some invented average of the few decades of record keeping.

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RioGrandeImports Free This Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

Read young Chimp, read. Geoengineering is the messiah for these criminal want-to-be oligarchs. Research the subject. Directed Energy Weapons exist and are favored for plausible deniability thus perfect for State Terrorism. Agenda 21 baby.

I cannot substantiate that these fires are correlated with DEW application. But Satellite/Drone/Aircraft terrorism is among the most popular on earth today.

"Iran is the worlds biggest sponsor of terror" LOLCat. My father actually started repeating this gibberish recently. Televisions are wicked mind control devices with unseen manipulation of your brain waves via sub/supra Schumann resonance frequencies.

They Live Folks.

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I am Groot junction Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

Actually it's all just totally brain dead land management. I just finished watching an excellent program on Netflix called Fire Chasers. It's about the prison firefighter system and how they fought wildfires all over California during 2016. It was a really great program. One of the top chiefs said they can't clear the underbrush fast enough to prevent these massive wildfires. Gov. Moonbeam isn't giving them the funding. And they have a huge manpower and equipment shortage too.

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snblitz I am Groot Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:43 Permalink

I am Groot has it exactly right.  I have lived here all my life.  Poor fire management and planning over the last 20 years has lead to this.

My own county has incrementally made it harder and harder to do controlled burns.

In the big Napa fire at least nine of the fires were started by the local electric company.

Also, arson is growing out of control in the state.

Lastly, what is going on with the class A fire retardant roofs that were required by law and that we all have?   They do not seem to be working.

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toady snblitz Fri, 08/03/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

There are some weird Hispanic fire bugs out there... I hear it a couple times a year, all over the west...

The Hispanics start the fires on purpose, just to watch them burn.

The Indians start the fires on purpose so they can get work fighting the fire.

The white people "accidentally" start the fires out of stupidity  (fireworks, campfires, etc.)

The niggers never leave the cities, they just burn cars and buildings and shit.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 I am Groot Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:51 Permalink

Ding ding ding we have a winner with this statement: "totally brain dead land managment."

The ecofreaks were able to insert themselves into government and it has been 30 to 40 years of stupidity on the entire left coast and even into states like Montana and Wyoming due to the EPA. Many places do not allow the removal of dead or dying trees. There are, or used to be, people that were willing to go in and do small scale logging. But oh no! Bring up the fucking logging word and the ecofreaks start camping in trees and freaking out and firebombing university buildings (like they did in 2001 at the UW). The big lie, then, and now, is that little logging happens in areas where there are old growth trees or forests. Furthermore, sustainable and responsible logging, to clear out dead and diseased trees, has been completely shut down do to the ecofreaks hysteria of the last 30 years.

This is the end result when lands are not carefully managed but instead are allowed to go natural and to be some insane version of untouched by humanity, as if allowing everything to do as it will this will return the area into some mythical garden of Eden type state.

Until land and forests are managed in a responsible way, including allowing small logging crews to go into areas and remove dead and diseased trees, this will continue to happen.

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snblitz HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 08/03/2018 - 19:14 Permalink

Old growth redwood forests are basically barren except for the trees.

Younger redwood forests (under 100 years) have far more vegetation,  animal life, and diversity.

My own property, which was clear-cut in 1907 is full of redwood trees around 110 years old.  Along with lots of oaks, madrones, and bay.

The oaks, madrones, and bays will all die as the redwood trees eventually blot out the entire sky.

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RioGrandeImports I am Groot Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

And off the coast of California what have they been doing in the sky, good sir? Watch those resilient Upper Level Lows keeping North California dry. What are those...lines in the radar...Persistent Stratospheric Aerosols perhaps?

They build walls when and where they want. Just not on borders between these Feeble Nation States they are reforming into a world system in 'their likeness'.

But as our Buddy Karl Rove is purported to have said in 2004:

"People like you are still living in what we call the reality-based community. You believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you are studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors, and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. "

They shall flee to Paraguay one day. With their buddies who setup in Argentina.

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Superlat mojofabuloso Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:22 Permalink

California's old growth was fire resistant, and fires would just consumer the ground cover. Thanks to right-wing clear-cutting and logging for Wall St junk bond dealers, California is now mostly second and third growth brush primed for a good burn.

And of course, carbon changing the atmosphere, the topic that sends right-wingers underpants up their crack.

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