Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fewer Fires Means Blue Sky!

We've had blue sky above for the last couple of days and it's marvelous. Today the weather is much cooler than it had been as well, and that is marvelous too. The number of fires is going down too, which is fantastic! We no longer have over 20,000 people out on the fire lines! Some of those poor firefighters can get some rest! Here are this mornings numbers, and be sure to look at the "Current Situation and look at the countries who've sent firefighters to help:
Statewide Fire Overview - Lightning Series

Current Situation: Over two thousand fires have been contained due to the endless efforts of firefighters from California, as well as from throughout the nation and Canada. Additional firefighting resources from Australia, Greece, New Zealand and Samoa have been deployed on fire lines. Both lower temperatures and overnight humidity recovery are predicted to be more favorable for firefighting efforts in the short term. The priority of firefighting is for the protection of life, property and natural resources.
Download the latest fact sheet. (Updated 7/16 at 9 a.m.)
Download the latest statewide map.

Statewide Fire Statistics
  • Total Fires at Peak: 2,085
  • Total Fires Contained: 2,005
  • Total Active Fires: 80
  • Total Acres Burned: 879,152
These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

CAL FIRE Statistics
  • Total Fires at Peak: 1,005
  • Fires Contained: 994
  • Active Fires: 11
  • Acres Burned: 262,133
These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred ONLY in CAL FIRE jurisdiction since June 20, 2008.
The number of contained and active fires will not equal the total due to some fires merging together.

Statewide Resources Committed
  • Personnel Committed: 18,730
  • Fire Engines: 1,175
  • Hand Crews: 448
  • Dozers: 204
  • Water Tenders: 334
  • Helicopters: 112
Highway closures: State highways, county and local roads are closed throughout California due to wildfire activities. All major roads are now open with delays on State Highways 32, 70 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement. Click here for detailed road closures.

Evacuations: Areas of Kern, Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Butte, Kern, Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary. Click here for detailed evacuation information.

Threatened : 6,458 residences, 129 commercial, 2,270 outbuildings.
Destroyed : 101 residences, 1 commercial, 138 outbuildings.

And since it's going to be a short post for today (Real life has gotten in the way a bit.. lol) I'll add a cute kitty.... Have a great day folks!
funny pictures

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