U.S. Record Summer Heat: Wildfires in Washington State

Wildfires in Washington State: The summer of 2012 will unfortunately be known as the "Summer of Devastating Western Wildfires" and practically not one state out west was spared. Washington State has been hardest hit of late. This satellite image shows a rash of wildfires currently burning in the middle of the state. This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on September 19, 2012. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster NewsView original post.  September 21, 2012
  • The Wenatchee Complex Fire started with a lightning strike on September 9, 2012. It has grown to over 39,000 acres and is currently 22 percent contained.
  • The Okanogen Complex Fire started with a lightning strike (in three of the four fire locations) on September 8, 2012 and is has currently burned over 5,000 acres. The Buckhorn, Leecher, and Hunter Fire are all part of this complex.
  • The Goat Fire started a week later on the night of September 15, 2012 and its cause is still under investigation. Terrain is extreme with this fire complex making it much more difficult to fight.
  • The Table Mountain Complex Fire had a lightning strike start as well on September 8, 2012. It is currently 9500 acres in size.
  • The Yamika Fire Complex started on Saturday, September 8th during a significant lightning storm. Over 3,000 strikes occurred in Eastern Washington, igniting well over 100 fires. Three thousand acres are currently burning in this complex fire and it is over 40 percent contained.
  • The Cascade Creek Fire is burning on the south slope of Mt. Adams. It is nine miles north of Trout Lake, WA. The fire was started by a lightning strike from that same storm that ignited most of the fires burning in Washington State. Currently over 9,300 acres have been affected and the fire is 50 percent contained. The highest priority remains keeping the fire from moving east onto the Yakama Nation, state and private lands.
Study shows wildfires' positive and negative economic impacts: Despite the disruptions they cause, large wildfires are a mixed economic bag for nearby communities, according to new research. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster NewsView original post. September 14, 2012  

Dr. Uddin's Note: Wildfire poses the following hazards; (1) addition of CO2 and green house gas in the atmosphere, (2) deforestation that reduces CO2 capture capacity, (3) ecological and biodiversity disaster, and (4) loss of cattle, grazing land, properties, and human lives. Economic impacts are discussed in September 14 news story.