Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wicked wildfire threatens Fort McMurray, Alberta, as other wicked fires burn down Himalayan forests.

Traffic evacuating Ft McMurray May 4, 2016 to flee wildfires.
Note the jams in both directions!
I got this information -- and pics -- from Robert Scribbler and his commentariat. For more, click here and here.

 An immense 10,000 ha (25,000 ac.) burn scar, 15 kilometers (10 miles) long.
Satellite shot of Fort McMurray Fire and burn scars posted in the NASA twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon.

A whole city of 88,000 souls (100,000 in the metro area) was under threat from a 25,000 acre wildfire yesterday and probably still is today. The flames might even reach a tar sands processing facility! Ooh, I'd like to see the flames when that goes up. I know I'm being mean, but tar-sands are one of most carbon-heavy type of fossil fuel on the face of this earth, worse than cold, because you need to burn natural gas (methane = CH4) to get the bitumen out of the sands and dilute it so you can transpoirt it via railway or through pipelines; AND, this sort of wildfire is consistent with what the IPCC has determined what has been happening with wildfires as we have been continuing to burn fossil fuels. And if we burn more, and increase the carbon content of Earth's Atmosphere, it'll only get worse.

Wicked red-hot glowing clouds over a subdivision in greater Fort McMurray:

And this is how it look driving out of town on the main highway:

And a nice view of the inferno from a small plane:

This is the latest from #ymmfire via @CBCNews
 Photo via @TownSlaveLake #Alberta via Robertscribbler.
For more click here, and here for the latest.

Now on to the other side of the globe:

Source: Press Trust of India via Robertscribbler.

The above pic is a fire on a steep, steep slope in the Himalayan Mountains. There are 21,000 fires burning there right now, in 21 Districts in 2 Indian States, and they've consumed in whole or part or threatened 84 villages and two endangered tiger reserves as well as thousands of acres of forests that India had been husbanding and growing back over the decades since they kicked out the Brits. And all they have to fight forest fires is a crew of 9,000 firefighters and increasingly scarce water due to the drought that's parching northern India, thanks to climate change.

More here, here and here.

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