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An enormous explosion rocked a major natural gas hub in Austria on Tuesday, killing 1 employee, injuring at least 18

NY Times

 

 


The 5th largest fire in California history: The fire has now burned over 230,000 acres of land and continues to grow exponentially destroying over 750 buildings and homes

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NY Times


Strong Santa Ana winds will keep fire weather threats elevated to critical through Sunday. Winds decrease a little next week, but remain gusty in favored locations for fire weather threats to continue through midweek. Wintry weather is spreading north with snow moving into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.

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A huge swath of Southern California is now in flames.

CBS News

“….as of very late Thursday night, six large fires had burned  220 square miles, 190,000 residents were evacuated, 23,000 homes were threatened, 500 were confirmed destroyed and there were 5,700 firefighters on the lines…..”

Rye Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 6:42 pm
County: Los Angeles County
Location: along Rye Canyon Loop, west Valencia
Acres Burned – Containment: 7,000 acres – 25% contained
Evacuation Info: 12/7/17 AM – See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.
Creek Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 8:28 pm
County: Los Angeles County
Location: Kagel Canyon Rd, north of Lake View terrace
Acres Burned – Containment: 15,323 acres – 20% contained
Evacuation Info: Evacuation MapSee the latest Re-population Update for more information.

12/7/17 AM – See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Thomas Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 6:33 pm
County: Ventura County
Location: Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula
Acres Burned – Containment: 115,000 acres – 5% contained
Evacuation Info: Evacuation Map12/7/17 AM – See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.
Lilac Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 7:39 pm
County: San Diego County
Location: Old Hwy 395 at Dulin Road, Bonsall
Acres Burned – Containment: 4,100 acres
Evacuation Info: Mandatory Evacuations in the area of W. Lilac Rd. & Sullivan Middle School. South of Burma Rd. East of Wilshire North of N. River Rd. West of S. Mission Ave
New evacuation orders: South of Renche Rd., West of I-15 Freeway, East of Green Canyon Rd. & S. Mission Rd., North of Hwy 76
Wvacuation Warnings are in effect: North of Pala Rd. South of Reche Rd. West of I-15 Freeway East of Green Canyon Rd. & W. Mission Rd.
Evacuation shelters have been set up: Fallbrook High School, and Pala CasinoEast Valley Community Center located at 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondidio & Stagecoach Community Park located at 3420 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad
Liberty Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 4:46 pm
County: Riverside County
Location: Los Alamos Rd & Liberty Rd, city of Murrieta
Acres Burned – Containment: 300 acres – 5% contained

Skirball Fire: more info… Updated: December 07, 2017 3:20 pm
County: Los Angeles County
Location: N Sepulveda Blvd at I-405
Acres Burned – Containment: 475 acres – 20% contained
Evacuation Info: Live map of evacuations for the Skirball Fire

 

 


Wildfires have torched more than 65,000 acres in Southern California

CNN

“…..In Ventura, a city of more than 100,000 on the Pacific coast, more than a quarter of its residents (38,000 people), had been told to evacuate…..”

 

 


12/5/1876: A fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York kills nearly 300 people and injures hundreds more

History Channel

“….Sometime near the start of the performance, a gas light ignited some extra scenery stored in the fly space behind the stage. It wasn’t until midway through the play that stagehands noticed the quickly spreading flames. Unfortunately, there were no fire hoses or water buckets at hand and the fire spread, unbeknownst to the cast and audience…..”

 


A fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of Ventura early Tuesday, burning homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.

LA Times

 


12/1/1958: A fire at a grade school in Chicago kills 90 students

History Channel

  • Before December 1958, the building did not have any sprinklers and there were no regular preparatory drills conducted.

 


A blaze roared through an apartment building on the blue-collar edge of Beijing, killing at least 19 people, many of whom were apparently migrant workers from the Chinese countryside.

NY Times

“…..The fire broke out Saturday evening in a two-story structure in the Daxing District, about 11 miles south of the Chinese capital’s prosperous downtown. Around 6 p.m., the flames began consuming the building, and thick smoke spilled into the air. Firefighters spent three hours battling the fire……..

Eight people were injured, and a “suspect” was being detained……”


Portugal began three days of national mourning Tuesday over its 41 wildfire deaths amid widespread public anger, with pressure growing on the government to explain why officials failed to prevent the tragedy that came just four months after 64 others died in another fast-moving blaze.

AP


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