Western WildfiresAugust 25th, 2013 at 12:58 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Image from NASA and NBC Bay Area is smoke drifting 200+ miles from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. Close-up of image. As of early Monday AM, the Rim Fire was only 8% contained. It’s burned 128,000 acres. There are 2,800 fire fighters working this fire, inc. 297 engines and 5 helicopters. The fire has burned 23 structures. There have been evacuations and road closures. This year, there have been 33, 126 wildfires, burning 3,541,193 acres. This compares to an average thru 8/24 of 53, 680 fires burning 5,711, 326 acres. Of the last 10 years, this year we have had the least number of wildfires in the U.S. and the 2nd lowest number of acres burned. The wildfires have primarily in the far Western U.S. Much of the Eastern U.S. has had ample rain this year. Here’s interesting helicopter video of a firestorm in Idaho. I have several new threads up on the blog…scroll down and enjoy.