Live updates: Death toll at 41 in Northern Calif. fires; 88 still missing in Sonoma County – SFGate

5:32 p.m. Evacuation lifted in parts of Santa Rosa: The evacuation order for Bennett Valley and Annadel Heights was lifted at 5 p.m. Monday, Santa Rosa Police said. 4:44 p.m. Napa lifts another evacuation order: Napa County lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Circle Oaks and Wooden Valley Road. The area is accessible through Sage Canyon Road and Wooden Valley Road as it reopens. Wooden Valley is also accessible from Suisun Valley Road in Solano County. 4:21 p.m.

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Source: Live updates: Death toll at 41 in Northern Calif. fires; 88 still missing in Sonoma County – SFGate

Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing – LA Times

More people have been evacuated as crews battle heavy winds Wednesday and a spread of the massive wildfires in Northern California. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issues a red flag warning forecasting dangerous fire conditions.

Source: Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing – LA Times

Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2,000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead – LA Times

Firefighters in Northern California hope a drop in winds will help them get a handle on blazes that have ravaged over 100,000 acres.

The devastating losses establish firestorms among the most destructive in California history. The estimated losses of homes, businesses and other buildings jumped from 1,500 to 2,000, and officials fear the death toll will also continue to rise.

Source: Toll from Northern California firestorms sharply rise: 2,000 structures destroyed, at least 17 dead – LA Times

Santa Rosa Fire: Hundreds of structures burned, hospitals evacuated | The Sacramento Bee

Fires have swept across Yuba, Sonoma and Butte Counties, burning through thousands of acres with little containment so far.

Wildfires driven by powerful winds tore through Northern California’s famed wine country Monday, killing at least 10, leveling neighborhoods and forcing residents to grab what they could and flee from fast-moving walls of flames

Source: Santa Rosa Fire: Hundreds of structures burned, hospitals evacuated | The Sacramento Bee

Man dies after rushing into Burning Man festival flames – SFGate

A man rushed past layers of security officers into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival’s signature ceremony, suffering burns that left him dead just hours later.Authorities are investigating the death of Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, who broke through a two-layer security perimeter during the Man Burn event in which a giant, wooden effigy is set ablaze.

Nevada’s Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen estimated that there was a crowd of about 50,000 people who were present when the festival’s crew of firefighters pulled Mitchell out of the blaze. He was airlifted to the UC Davis hospital burn center in California, where he died Sunday morning.

Source: Man dies after rushing into Burning Man festival flames – SFGate

Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County as fire continues to rage in Verdugo Mountains – LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as firefighters continue to battle a 5,900-acre brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles that has destroyed three homes and shut down a stretch of the 210 Freeway.

Source: Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County as fire continues to rage in Verdugo Mountains – LA Times

Explosions reported at flooded Crosby chemical plant – Houston Chronicle

The Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby early Thursday, the company said in a statement.

Arkema said Harris County officials notified the company about the explosions around 2 a.m. Thursday, adding that residents may hear additional explosions because the product is stored in multiple locations within the plant, which is 25 miles northeast of downtown Houston.

Source: Explosions reported at flooded Crosby chemical plant – Houston Chronicle

Fire destroys vacant home, jumps to neighboring house | WPXI

A fire in a vacant house in Mercer County jumped to a neighboring house overnight.

  • The fire on Walnut Street in Sharon is the latest in a series of blazes.
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Wildfire Strands Dozens at Chalet in Glacier National Park | The Weather Channel

A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a backcountry chalet.

At a Glance

  • Dozens of people could remain there until it’s safe or hike out along a longer and more difficult trail.
  • Despite the sudden outbreak of fires, most areas of Glacier National Park are still open.
  • Fire managers plan to raise the National Fire Preparedness Level to its highest point.

Source: Wildfire Strands Dozens at Chalet in Glacier National Park | The Weather Channel

Six firefighters injured in Frazer junkyard fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The fire broke out just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning at an auto salvage on Clarks Pike Road.

More than 100 tires caught fire, creating heavy plumes of smoke into the afternoon. Firefighters used foam to help contain the blaze, which could have been worse if it spread to other salvage yard materials, including gasoline tanks.

Source: Six firefighters injured in Frazer junkyard fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Blaze sweeps through Dubai skyscraper for second time

A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, the latest in a series of fires in tall structures in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s tourism and business hub, over the past three years.

Source: Blaze sweeps through Dubai skyscraper for second time

Update: Dubai Civil Defence says blaze is extinguished, with cooling operation underway

  • Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower in Dubai Marina.Image Credit: Mitch Williams/Reuters
  • The Torch tower in Dubai Marina after the blaze was extinguished.Image Credit: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: Fire hit the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday.

Plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the air from after midnight, with debris falling below. Images and videos of the building ablaze were posted on social media.

Police and fire crews are on the scene. Dubai Media Office tweeted at 3.35am that the fire was extinguished with no casualties reported.

 “Dubai Civil Defence announces that the fire at the Torch Tower has been brought under control. Cooling operations are underway,” said the tweet. The building was successfully evacuated earlier in the night.

“Smoke is everywhere,” one eyewitness told Gulf News as the fire broke out. “The streets are covered in debris.”

A Dubai Police spokesperson told Gulf News the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.

“It’s big fire started on 9th floor. Civil defence and police in the scene now to control the fire,” the spokesperson said.


The Torch tower on fire. Credit: Ali Adil/Gulf News reader


Dubai Media Office tweeted that Dubai Civil Defence teams were trying to control the fire and firefighters from four fire stations were participating.

“Dubai Police will be handling inquiries related to the fire in Torch Tower and those affected by it through emergency number 999,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the scene of the fire. Watch a video here:


Head of Dubai Police with the head of Dubai Civil Defence at the site. Credit: Dubai Civil Defence

France fires: Thousands evacuated as blazes hit Riviera – CNN.com

Parts of the French Riviera were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to local police.

More than 10,000 residents and tourists were moved after a forest fire started near the coastal commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas, around 40 km (nearly 25 miles) from Toulon, one of the country’s southernmost towns.

Source: France fires: Thousands evacuated as blazes hit Riviera – CNN.com

Fire destroys Denbo home

DENBO – Sandrea Baumgardner – literally – had a rude awakening Sunday.

The house next door, at 2059 2nd St., caught fire about 4:30 a.m. and was in full rage shortly thereafter. Baumgardner was roused from her sleep by neighbors pounding on her doors. She dressed quickly and stepped out of her home.

“When I came out, the flames were so strong I thought they would singe my eyebrows,” she said around noon, after the blaze reduced the neighboring two-story structure to an ashen shell. Seven hours later, smoke still emanated from what had been home to five people in the Denbo section of Centerville Borough.

Source: Fire destroys Denbo home

Wildfire near Lake Cachuma spreads to more than 17,000 acres | abc7.com

A wildfire burning near Lake Cachuma has spread to more than 17,000 acres, reducing the containment to 35 percent.

The blaze, dubbed the Whittier Fire, started July 8 along Highway 154 and burned about 330 acres near Camp Whittier. The fire spread quickly and prompted evacuations at campsites in the area and homes along the corridor.

As of Friday night, the blaze had charred more than 13,000 acres. By 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Forest Service officials said the blaze burned 17,364 acres.

Source: Wildfire near Lake Cachuma spreads to more than 17,000 acres | abc7.com

Bulletin — LADWP Statement Regarding Fire at Receiving Station in North SF Valley – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

LADWP Statement Regarding Fire at Receiving Station in North SF Valley

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) crews are currently responding to a fire that occurred this evening at Receiving Station J, located in the Northridge/Reseda area of Los Angeles. The fire began at approximately 6:52 p.m. and involves equipment that carries high voltage electricity and distributes it at lower voltages to customers in the surrounding area.

 

The fire affected one portion of the Receiving Station, but as an emergency precautionary measure, power to and from the facility has been shut off while LAFD personnel work to put the fire out. At this time the number of customers affected by the power outage is undetermined.

 

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. LADWP appreciates customers’ patience. As soon as possible, crews will assess damage at the station and begin the work of restoring power to affected customers.

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Source: LADWP Statement Regarding Fire at Receiving Station in North SF Valley – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power